Why I Photograph and Blog Strange and Obscure Little Animals

It’s still winter,, thus, still time for introspection, and time to  revisit some of the 96 draft posts that have accumulated in the last year…

Not long ago, Chris Buddle at Arthropod Ecology did an heart-felt post on “Why I study obscure and strange little animals“. While I don’t think he expected it to be a meme, his reasons struck home and made me pause and think. I am not a scientist, but why do I blog and photograph “obscure and strange little animals“? My rambling reasons follow:

  • because bugs are fascinating in their physical details, and one of the best ways to see the details is in a photograph.
  • because they are beautiful, with so much diversity in forms and structures, carved by evolution.
  • because they are everywhere, yet so little regarded or respected.
  • because I may, by sharing the fascination, turn a bug-stomper into a bug-respecter – maybe even a bug-lover.
  • because it allows me to occasionally cross paths with entomologists and other scientists: they are good people (and almost as interesting as the bugs!) and worth listening to.
  • because we know so little about bugs– and photography has the potential to open up new paths of  understanding.
  • because bugs have amazingly fascinating behaviors and life-cycles, and photography and blogging helps me to share the wonder.

    "Salticid, Habronattus cuspidatus"

    You talkin’ about me?

  • because photography is a skill that needs to be constantly honed and developed.
  • because they can provide a channel for creativity.
  • because they keep me physically and mentally active.
  • because they are great tools for learning, and understanding the natural world.
  • because it helps re-enforce memory, and I need that.
  • because it serves as a searchable record of what I do.
  • because it satisfies the child in me.
  • because it satisfies my need to connect with nature.

In the world of bug photography and blogging, I’m relatively a minor player.  However, I do gain some  personal satisfaction in what I do, and partaking in the community of bloggers, ‘arthropodologists’ and  bug photographers continues to be an enriching experience.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Chris Buddle 24 January, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

    Nice post, Adrian – I am so glad that my post played a role in this. Thank you!

    • Adrian 24 January, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

      And thank you for helping to make the science more understandable.

  2. Ted C. MacRae 24 January, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    A nice list. One quibble, however—you most certainly are a scientist. It is a state of mind and not a piece of paper that says so.

    • Adrian 24 January, 2013 at 9:27 PM #

      That’s quite a complement, Ted.

  3. Sean McCann 25 January, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Thanks for this post! It was your prompting me at the ESC/ESA meeting that inspired me to start my blog!

    • Adrian 25 January, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

      I’m glad you are blogging now. I’m sure your access to tropical bugs, combined with your photographic skills, will make your blog popular!