October 12, 2007
Season of the "Ash Bugs"
They came out on about Oct. 9 this year, as the Gambel oaks turned egg-yolk yellow and tan: tiny midges (?) with a tuft of greyish-white fluff on their butts.
Right: "Ash bugs" on our dog Shelby's coat.
They fill the air like bits of falling ash.
"Goddamned ash bugs," M. says, stomping into the house. "One flew into my mouth, and one went in my eye. And they're in my hair. Sheesh!"
Down in Rye, meanwhile, there was some real ash in the air.