The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, May 4, 2014


We climbed El Picacho in Teotitlan del Valle yesterday to celebrate el Dia de Santa Cruz.  It was a glorious day and more about that in a bit, but the musical score that accompanied us along the climb came from these insects.  They are about four inches long and there were thousands and thousands of them in the hills around us and all of them were singing a strange song.  It would start with individual clicks and then intensify and all the insects would get in sync for a few seconds and then they all abated in sync.  This went on and on - in fact as I am typing this, they are singing here in San Pablo Etla.  I am sure they are some sort of cicada-like insect and we heard the name yesterday, but.... I forgot it. 
Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?
I will put up a video shortly so you can hear the sounds.
And speaking of bugs...
Look at those wheels..... originals?  but to where and when?


Anonymous said...

La bibliotecaria did her research. They are cicadas -- cigarras or chicharras en español.

Anonymous said...

I love the big transparent veiny wings of the Cicada. I think only the males produce the sound/mating song.

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias for the confirmation and information.