I'm slowly but surely editing and uploading (to Flickr) photos from our July trip to Sweden. Still not done, but getting there...
One of the latest is this photo of Donald standing next to a huge ant hill by the side of the long driveway down to his parents' place:
It's not a very good photo (for some reason, Donald is underexposed, so it looks like a not-very-well-done cut-and-paste job), but I promise that I didn't do anything to the photo except sharpen it and adjust the colors a little (to make him look a little less like a ghost (g)). The ant hill really is that big. There were lots of ants going up and down the road. ~shudder~
Donald says that in Sweden, ant hills can stay in the same place (though under constant repair, I would imagine) for years. There was another, smaller hill down closer to the lake, and Donald says he remembers that one being there when he was a kid-- so 30 to 40 years ago-- and it's still in the same general spot. That's just amazing. I don't think ants would do that, around here. Maybe if they live out in the middle of nowhere, with no people trying to get rid of them, they'll stay in one location longer, but I get the impression that "our" ants don't settle down in one spot for decades. Even if they get a really big "bed" established, sooner or later, a storm will wash them out (or maybe an animal will disturb them)-- something happens, and they'll move on to another place.
There are more (and I hope better) photos in my Flickr photostream (link in the sidebar). :o) And more still to come!