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The afternoon was getting hot, and I was looking for some shade to sit down and enjoy my lunch and take a short nap. The problem was, I was on the northwest floor of the valley in Dinosaur Provincial Park, and shade was hard to find. I spotted a likely location – a hillock with a depression on the north-west side of a rocky outcrop that I thought might provide some respite from the sun. I clambered up, and sure enough,when I sat down with my back against the slope I was out of the sun’s path. Just as I was getting comfortable, an old friend, a seven-spotted ladybird beetle, began scrambling up an artemesia stalk beside me. Now if you have watched ladybirds before, you know they seek a high-point to launch themselves into flight, so I put down my sandwich, picked up the camera (which was already set-up with a macro lens and flash) and composed the shot. Just as I was ready, she turned her back to me and – apparently without the least shame or embarrassment - lifted her elytrawing covers, unfolded her wings, and flew off into the sunlight.
(24 September, 2011. Canon T2i, Tamron 180mm macro lens and a diffused Sigma EF-530 Flash. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f8)
I made this short video vignette of a display featured in: Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The display at the entrance to the gallery was a suit of Edo-period (Tokugawa Era) Samurai armour, which featured a dragonfly helmet crest (maedate). Japanese art has always fascinated me, and being greeted by this golden dragonfly mounted in such a martial fashion, had me grinning with pleasure, and after taking the video and some photographs (permitted if used for social media, but no flash allowed…how progressive!) I went striding around the gallery, looking out for more insect details. Alas, there was only one more piece, a cabinet with inlaid butterflies in the top surface, but nothing to match the magnificence of the Golden Dragonfly Warrior.
The old Japanese word for dragonfly was kachimushi, meaning ‘victory bug‘, so the dragonfly motif could often be found as decoration for different parts of a warrior’s armour, weapons or as decoration on the fabric.
Unfortunately, the Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age completed its run at the AGA on 18 February.
The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with assistance from the Canadian Department of Heritage, Museum Assistance Program and curated by Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
(Video and photographs taken with a Olympus E-PM1, ISO 1600, f5 @ 1/10 sec.)
Reviewing earlier images, I came across this Habronattus cuspidatus photo, taken in Dinosaur Provincial Park last year. Perky, ain’t he, with the green legs and golden knees?