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E.O. Wilson (Biophilia)
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DISCLAIMERI am a photographer, not an entomologist. I do my best to have professionals assist in identifying the subjects of my photographs. However, positive identifications can not always be done unless the specimen is dead and viewed under a microscope. If you do find an error, or have doubts about the identification provided, please let me know in the comments or by email.
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The BBC and Sir David Attenborough have enriched the lives of many nature loving people. Who can forget Life in the Undergrowth or Life in Cold Blood and the many other documentaries that he brought to us? Now, a new series will be showing on PBS, starting on January 23…
While I doubt that the surroundings at Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel will be quite as stimulating as in the above image, I am very much looking forward to observing and learning about insects at the gathering of Canadian entomologists that is taking place tomorrow!
JAM 2012, after a year of organizing itself, is finally going to split the pupal casing and eclose
into daylight tomorrow at 1 PM when the opening ceremonies begin. I’ll be fluttering buzzing galumphing around with my camera, taking videos, photographs and generally getting in the way, so please introduce yourself when you spot me.
See you there!
Back in the saddle, but, dang nab it, I can’t find my horse!
Last week we returned from a solid three-week family vacation to Newfoundland. Rich in grand landscapes (Gros Morne!) and maritime history (our daughter loved the L’Anse aux Meadows viking site and the interpretive viking encampment), we enjoyed the island on historical/maritime basis, but on the bug side of life I achieved little. Family vacations are rarely productive for me photographically, and three weeks of intermittent wind, rain and sun did not help either. Even on sunny hot days, large patches of fireweed, knapweed or thistle — bug magnets in my area in Alberta — seemed to draw surprisingly few insects in Newfoundland. On the northern peninsula the most visible were swarms of large dragonflies, but they were continuously hawking around, so that I did not achieve even one shot of these beauties.
And I even somehow managed to miss the Newfoundland Insectarium twice: coming and going.
So, all in all, a relaxing vacation which enriched our understanding of Canadian history, but a three-week gap in bug stuff and in our real lives. We came home to a garden verdant, a jungle that has over-thrived in the many rainy days that Alberta experienced while we were gone. Unlike some unfortunate others, a visit to the basement in our house found it dry — but there, in my office, still in the bins and packages that I had prepared, were dozens of photographic prints, all matted and some framed, a reminder of the outdoor art show that I had prepared for, and that had been washed-out by our unusually rainy season. Now faced with the backlog of garden work, incomplete landscape projects for customers and all the regular dealings of life…I find myself feeling deflated and rudderless.
Of course, the best remedy for this bout of post-holiday blues is to saddle my horse and get back on. I have an abstract to prepare for a brief talk on Insect Photography and the Web that I will present at the Insects on the Internet Symposium at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Canada. Then I have to prepare the actual presentation (sounds of feverish stoking of meagre intellect…) and a slide show for the after dinner entertainment. I need to get back to my routine visits to the Opal Natural Area, but now with the goal of developing a project of some sort for that location. I am also about to begin a stint as a volunteer for the Edmonton and Area Land Trust as a contributing videographer, photographer and producer, to help promote their conservation efforts…
And, I almost forgot, I need to make some submissions to the EntoBlog!
All in all, a diversity of horses to tame, and I hope to be up, firmly seated and back in the saddle again soon.
Hi Yo Silver!
Note (3 July) : This show was cancelled due to rain. It is being rescheduled for the 22 of July, and, unfortunately I will not be able to attend at that time. See you in 2013?
A few weeks ago, I took the chance and entered a juried competition for display space at the Devonian Botanic Garden‘s Canada Day Celebration. Under the theme of Rooted: Perspectives on the Natural World, I presented three images that appealed to me — and I was surprised, and pleased, to find out my submission was accepted by the selection committee.
For the last two weeks,(between regular life and work) I have been busy preparing for this show, which takes a surprising amount of thought and organization (not my strongest skills!). This is the second time that I have had the chance to present what I do. The first was a simple info booth on the benefits of naturalistic gardening, which featured a few bug photographs that proved to be quite popular. This is the first time that I can display a full selection of bug photographs to the public, with the opportunity to make sales.
Will curiosity lead people to a greater appreciation and the willingness to hang bug portraits on the wall?
This Sunday will be the test.
At the very least, I will have the chance to talk about bugs and share why we should learn to appreciate them more. I will have some of my macro equipment on hand, so I can demonstrate some impromptu bug photography techniques, especially if kids are willing and able to provide live specimens!
Drop by if you can: my Canada Day will be a Bug Appreciation Day!
Visit the Devonian Garden’s website for more information and directions.
Note: This show was cancelled due to rain. It is being rescheduled for the 22 of July, and, unfortunately I will not be able to attend at that time. See you in 2013? (3 July)
(Revised on May 5, 2012)
Since beginning Splendour Awaits I have wanted to expand the content, both in terms of entomology, macro photography and the overall biophiliaLiterally, the "love of life or living systems". "The connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” (E.O. Wilson) that drives them. However, I have only one life, and I cannot write about and search for everything that I would love to share and still have time to be a dad, earn a living and do more photography! So the idea occurred to me…
“Why not let others do some of the work“?
Yes! In order to raise the intellectual level of this otherwise stretched blog, I developed some simple ideas over the winter, which I now hope to launch in the next week or two:
◊ The World of Macro Photography: Featuring interviews with professional macro photographers from around the world.
◊ A Day in the Life: first person accounts in practical entomology.
◊ Feature Entomologist: interviews with professional bug people from around the world, a look at entomology in all of its aspects: agriculture, forestry, forensics, teaching, behaviour, medicine, ecology, environment etc.
If you know of any one who may want to submit to any of the above projects, or if you wish to do so yourself, please let me know and I will forward the requirements and the questionnaire. Each submission that is accepted will be ‘on top’ of the blog for at least 24 hours, and will eventually be included on pages dedicated to each project.
And, for amateurs in the hidden world of nature: entomology, bryology, mycology etc., or general macro photography…
◊ Be a Guest Blogger: while the previous three projects are aimed at professionals who I will be contacting personally, in the guest blogging project I would like to include posts that feature those who pursue macro photography or natural history as a hobby. Any subject will do, as long as it falls into a ‘Natural Science‘ category. So if you have a passion for natural subjects of the small kind – be it bugs or fungi, freshwater invert’s or sea-shore life – I would be interested in receiving an article from you!
Each submission should include:
♦ a short biography
♦ the influences that have directed your life towards your subject
♦ your current ‘mentors’
♦ your equipment
♦ your techniques
♦ examples of your best photography(which should include titles and identification), or pictures of yourself pursuing your passion .
♦ any current project that you are pursuing or would like to pursue
♦ and, if you can, links to you own blog and/or webpages.
This is a chance to get your story out and to share your passion, and a great way help kick-start your own blog or website. If you have any questions, or if you would like to submit a post, please go to my Contact page and use ‘Guest Blogger’ in the subject area. And if you know of anyone who may be interested, please spread the word! Each submission, if accepted will be ‘on top’ of the blog for at least 24 hours, and will eventually be included on a page dedicated to the project.