Salivary Gland Biopsy Experience 

Spent half of a morning in the ENT office for a salivary gland biopsy. Found myself waiting for a good while so decided to take a few pics. 


I recommend ice, ibuprofen and don’t plan to talk a lot afterwards. 

Autoimmune diseases are no joke. 

The Praying Mantis aka Mantis religiosa. They are Invertebrates and Carnivores. Their average life span is about 1 year. 

I was walking around my family’s property and spotted this baby Praying Mantis on a Peony. 

There were about 9 in this small area.



I went back about 2 weeks later and could only find two. 



They grew a lot. They are fascinating creatures who are great for gardens. 


Photos by: Cindie Harper

A visit to the Opthalmologist 


Opthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball. 


An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. 


Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are both surgical and medical specialists. 

I spent almost 4 hours at the Opthamologist having various tests completed so I kept myself busy photographing the equipment because I find it fascinating. 

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies: GET A ROOM! 

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies aka Chrysopilus thoracicus. This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.


Little is known about their life cycle or their habits. While more may be said of snipe flies in general (the family Rhagionidae), the information is pretty incomplete. 

This species of fly is one of around 120,000 members worldwide of the order Diptera. Snipe flies tend to be large flies with long legs relative to their body size, rounded heads, and tapering abdomens. C. thoracicus is marked by smoky wings with dark veins on a translucent membrane. 

Its most distinctive feature is the patch of brilliant gold hair positioned on the upper thorax. 


As with most insects, the females of this species are much more robust than the males. Both sexes commonly reach 10-12 mm in length.
Golden-backed snipe flies can be found throughout eastern North America. 

They appear in the late spring and early summer, and have been observed mating in late May and early June, although timing likely varies. 


Adult snipe flies are typically predatory on other insects, although some members of the family do feed on human or other mammal blood. It is thought that C. thoracicus is in the predatory class, although they have been observed to eat little.