I discovered a scarab beetle chillin on the outside of the dome, near the practice sidewalk slab, which by the way turned out pretty sturdy. The scarab is the coolest beetle ever! I just discovered these facts about the dung (scarab) beetle which I will delightfully share.
The ancient Egyptians believed that Ra, the sun god's role was to sail across the heavens during the day in his boat called the “Barque of Millions of Years.” In the morning when Ra emerged from the east, his boat was named, “Madjet” which meant “becoming strong.” By the end of the day the boat was called, “Semektet” which meant “becoming weak.” At the end of the day, it was believed that Ra died and sailed on to the underworld, leaving the moon in his place to light up the world. Ra was reborn at dawn the very next day. The morning manifestation of Ra is known as “Khepri the scarab God.
Scientists had long observed dung beetles (Scarabaeus satyrus) dancing on their poo balls, and suspected they were looking for cues to help them navigate. New research confirmed that at least one species of African dung beetle, Scarabaeus satyrus, uses the Milky Way as a guide to steering its dung ball home. The researchers placed tiny hats on the dung beetles, effectively blocking their view of the heavens, and found the dung beetles would only wander aimlessly when unable to see the stars!
|Ra knows it's all about the MERCHANDIZING!|
|We were just barely getting started and it's the sunset magic hour already!|
|I mean, shiii .. righ...?|
|Prepped like a superadobe slacker!|
|That weird bubble gap will get filled in by the other side and make like an interlocking puzzle piece. That was the plan all along, yeah, that's the ticket!|
|I am 99% sure "they" do not "do it" like "this".|
|Raquel in the stucco zone. Btw, its probably 65 degrees F in the dome at the moment this photo was taken. :D|
|Raquel's smooth work in progress.|
|Workhorses. Some folks out there are under the assumption these are called "wheelbarrels". Read a book!|
|"Oh look at those sweet wheelbarrows!" "Yes, I love wheelbarrows!"|
|This is the exact same photo as the last one except I took about 3 steps to the right and it is 5 seconds later. Details matter.|
|Extreme zoom in an attempt to get the snow-capped mountains.|
|This is the slab from last time. It's only 3 inches thick or so and it is very strong, at 20% cement / sand. I found it a nice place to stand and change into my plaster pants.|
|Wet floor, higher exposure|
|This second pour alone used 3 wheelbarrow batches|
Next time we need to wrap up big dome plaster, and start dividing up the floor into pourable sections.