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E.O. Wilson (Biophilia)
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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.
- 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.
It’s been a distracting week here at Splendour Awaits, so for this ‘Week on Sunday’ I go retro, and look at a movie from the past that came into my view again this holiday season:
Perhaps the best all-round, full length insect documentary ever made: Microcosmos, the 1996 film by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, is the last ‘Week on Sunday’ post for 2012. Microcosmos not only displays excellent story telling through buggy vignettes and amazing filming technique, it is worthwhile listening to just for Bruno Coulais’s soundtrack alone. Be sure to watch the snail love scene that begins at about 15:30!
That’s all folks, I’ll be back in the new year. All the best to you all in 2013!
For a variety of reasons, 2012 was not a very productive year for me in regards to bug photography, but here are a handful of my favorite images that, overall, attracted the most attention in the last twelve months. First the images taken in 2012:
- The most visited blog post with a single bug image in 2012 was the Centipede on White from 2009:
- And in 2012 the most popular post containing a sequence of images, is a post from 2010, The ‘Stump Stabber’ – An Ichneumon Wasp:
Many thanks to all those who have visited and supported this blog over the last year!