In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer – Albert Camus
Wish I were here….sitting on the dock…
Today was a seriously snowy day. Ridiculous driving. All the things that one tends to not love about winter.
And so, a summer memory. Sitting on the dock with a friend and taking photos of dragonflies.
Today I saw the dragonfly
Come from the wells where he did lie
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk; from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail
He dried his wings; like gauze they grew
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.
It’s so helpful to have an entomologist in the family to identify the interesting insects I come across.
The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line. – Alexander Pope
On the weekend my camera began giving me trouble and tonight I found out that it will take 3-8 weeks to repair. I told the clerk at the store that not having my camera was like losing a part of me…which is dramatic I know. Yet I had great plans for my photography in this my summer of no commitments.
One of the challenges will be keeping my blog going. I will ponder this wrinkle and decide the way forward.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. – Ashley Smith
“If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius” – Larry Leissner
Sometimes I get really frustrated with myself, especially when I am trying to learn something. On January 6th, Jennifer Cole wrote in her blog about different types of photographers (click here to view). She discussed the idea of technical versus non-technical photographers. I definitely am a “non-technical” photographer. When people talk about anything beyond the very basics (“good composition”) I feel like a newbie who hasn’t acquired any knowledge in the 14 months since I got my camera.
I simply like to take pictures.
Today my frustration is about something not even that technical: our tripod. The thing just made no sense to me so I was taking time today to try to learn how to use it and it did not turn out well. I received a small tripod for Christmas that can contort to anything and I have to say I get along much better with it – there are fewer adjustable parts!
All that said and done, I decided to post a photo that truly is one of my favourites. It was a shot that just happened as I was taking pictures last spring. It’s a reminder that there are days, and then there are better days.
I am a big fan of macro photography. This statement would not be a surprise to anyone who has looked at my blog, seen my Facebook page or seen more than two photos I’ve ever taken. It most certainly is not what I envisioned as my main interest when I took up photography a year ago. I literally fell into it after a comment by a Black’s employee. This nice young man suggested I buy some filters, rather than a lens, to try out macro photography. Since a “real” macro lens is around $800+, he thought I should spend a whole lot less to see just how much I did or did not like macro photography. So, I ordered 4 filters online for a whooping $14.95 and gave them a try. I was hooked within a day.
The downside of this, of course, was that I have not spent time working on other types of photography. When I told Laura that I was going to be taking photos downtown this weekend, she suggested I take some “big” pictures – landscapes and buildings, that kind of thing. So, I did. I snuck in a bit of macro (I mean, really, when a bee just flies into your shot, and you get a shot of his wings moving, what can you do?) but I tried to broaden my view. I took over 130 photos and came out with a few that I can live with but I also came out with an understanding of the importance of framing being equally important in “big” and “little” photos.
I find that people have strong reactions to insects. The fact that I love to take photos of insects is somewhat surprising in that, as a friend pointed out recently, I am allergic to bees so what am I thinking taking photographs of them – and close up photos at that? As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I usually don’t go looking for the insects and especially not bees; they simply show up.
I like insects because they amaze me. Spiders work diligently to create intricate webs and they are accomplished “hunters” of prey. Bees are very important to the lives of my favourite subject – flowers. All insects are fascinating to look at though it is extremely difficult to do so in their natural setting because they are busy….being insects.
I probably would not have taken any interest in insects if it weren’t for Kyle. His master degree focus involves ants and his project from fourth year that involved creating a “bug box” totally captivated my interest. I no longer kills insects unless it is absolutely necessary, although I am not THAT person who insists that everyone adhere to that ideal. I see the value of insects in a totally different way and therefore I appreciate them in a totally different way as well.
Yet, let’s face it. People either love ’em or they hate ’em. Children are most often firmly in one camp or another; adults usually can manage to keep their hatred to a low roar, but often children can be heard screaming and scurrying from anything other than the smallest of insects.
So, I fully understand that the photos in this post will not be for everyone. All I expect is an appreciation for what they bring to our world. Think honey.
Enjoy. Or not.