Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature…not a leapling

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge
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Welcome to February, the shortest month of the year.  This year, however, February’s not as short as usual, because it’s leap year.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time
When February’s Days are twenty-nine

This year will also have 366 days, rather than 365.  And if your birthday is Feb. 29, as is that of one of our friends, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling” or a “leaper”.[21] In common years, they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year, since it is the day following February 28.

Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan‘s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday (that is, when he turns 84 years old), rather than until his 21st year.

My nature macro to welcome in this unusual month is that of a wisp that didn’t quite make it past the cactus upon which it’s now resting.  No leaping for this feathery beauty.  It may, however, have been liberated by the wind by the time I post this.

© janet m. webb 2016

I had a wonderful time on vacation, but it’s also great to be home.  Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed!

  1. macmsue says:

    Very intriguing photo.

  2. Welcome back, and that is a stunning photo to launch February. 🙂

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I started working for this company on Feb 29, 1988. So, this will be my 7th anniversary 🙂

    • Dan, when I read your comment on my phone this morning, I couldn’t remember for a moment what I’d written in my post and I was wondering why in the world you’d made this comment. Best have a bit of breakfast to provide some brain food! Congrats on your 7 years. 🙂


      • Dan Antion says:

        That happens to me a lot. I ramble on in my posts (in case you haven’t noticed) and sometimes people key off of a minor point.

      • This time it was completely me. I do some of my posts in advance and then I don’t always remember what I put in them. I was just thinking of the photo and not of what I wrote about leap year. 🙂

  4. How sweetly freeing…letting itself move here and there, then landing for a rest on the cactus. It is a strangely fun human invention: leap year. But it’s Mother Nature that dictates the holiday. By the way, it’s Nature week, which you did with a macro twist. Happy Photo Challenge.

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    At first glance I thought that you had a crack in the window beside you on the airplane as you were winging it home. This is a beautiful close up of contrasts—soft wisp/spiny cactus.

  6. nowathome says:

    Glad you had a great time. My uncle was born on the 29th!

  7. Lindy Le Coq says:

    My Mom was a leapling, and we all had fun with it when she was still living. Since Dad’s birthday is Feb. 28, they always celebrated together. He’s coming up to 94 years! Love the photo, Janet.

  8. prior2001 says:

    Janet – your pretty macro seemed to perfectly match the word leapling! Nice info on this too 😎

  9. Stunning Janet. Love this wil-o-wisp

  10. Angeline M says:

    Nature is so lovely in its contrasts. You captured this one beautifully. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  11. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful photo, and lovely words to wrap around it.

  12. bythebriny says:

    Cool! Looks like a fantastic multi-legged insect.

    • The only insect I know with that many legs, and more, is a millipede and I won’t be getting this close to one ever, at least on purpose. They don’t look as cool as this, either, and move much faster.


  13. Indira says:

    It’s very beautiful. Interesting write up. What is a leap ling?

  14. Amy says:

    I really like this one! Great colors and details.

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