Have you ever been sitting at your computer about to start writing a blog post, when all of a sudden a wasp turns up behind you? I have! It just happened. We get a lot of random insects in our house, from massive moths, giant dragonflies and regular sized butterflies to wasps of disproportionate sizes, equally large grasshoppers, baby scorpions and loads of spiders (although spiders are our friends).
I don’t know why it is always such a shock to see strange and beautiful insects, but it is. Especially when they have a stinger or pincer or some bright colouring. One always wants to steer clear of the brightly coloured insects and arachnids as in nature the bright colours generally signify a more deadly poison (says the woman one picked up a centipede without realising what it was) than other less brightly attired insects and arachnids.
The dragonfly pictured is not from my home, but I took this photo on the tram just yesterday. I am learning to be super-hero fast with my camera and get the shot in before whatever the subject is flies or hops away. I was really grateful for the timing of this picture, as the tram was just starting to slow down, so the background is a little blurry, while the foreground is crisp and clear – and the wings of the dragonfly are somewhat visible. I love this affect!
So, what’s the point of taking a photo if you cannot see the subject? I’m sure those of you who love ‘Where’s Wally’ might have some idea! Furthermore, what is your reaction to insects and arachnids? Do you feel shocked, surprised, delighted? Amazed? Are you screaming and running for the nearest chair – or exit? Please let me know in the comments below. Thank you!
Over and out, Jasmin.