You may already be aware that nature inspires and refreshes our spirits but did you know that it also influences our speech? Here are a few idioms (words and phrases that hold a special meaning in a given language) that have their roots in the natural world:
A hornet’s nest <Potential trouble> ~ I don’t think anyone would care to poke this nest, even with a ten foot pole.
All that glitters is not gold < Attractive appearances can be deceiving> ~ In this photo of rocks found along the Salt Marsh Trail, it’s pyrite aka fool’s gold.
To mushroom <To grow or develop at an exponential rate> ~ This enormous shelf fungus seems to be growing more quickly than normal on a decaying tree in my yard. It’s about a foot in width, an unusual find in my neck of the woods.
Thanks to Karma at Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog who challenged her readers to use photographs to illustrate three idioms from the English language. A photo showing ‘Hallowe’en’ was also part of her request. To me, Hallowe’en implies something scary, and to many people, next to death and public speaking, the scariest things on the planet are spiders.
Living near boggy woods, we have a lot of spiders near our home, especially around Hallowe’en. Sometimes they cross the threshold uninvited and visit us indoors. This one is probably the biggest I’ve ever found in the house. After the photo shoot, it was promptly sent on its merry way outdoors while I cleared out the cobwebs.
If you’d like to participate in Karma’s idiom challenge, you have until October 31st 2011 to do so.