An early winter gift

The paper orb was lying on the sidewalk just a few steps from our house. I bent to pick it up. Its texture was of the finest Japanese papers–soft and strong, the waves across its surface as delicate as the finest wash of watercolor.

yellow jacket nest

But what was it?

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Cicadas, oh, my!

Imagine a hundred maracas shaken at once. If they were buzzing as well, and if they reached a hundred decibels or more, you’d have the marvelous sound of the cicadas.