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Dancing with a Sharpshooter

June 29th, 2024 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, how delicate the dance between humans and nature’s tiniest creatures.

The art of capturing photographs of insects can be quite challenging. Butterflies tend to be skittish and take flight no matter how surreptitiously I approach them. Some species of dragonflies are compulsive flyers and decline to perch to be photographed. Many insects make their home down in the grass or weeds defying my attempt to get an unobstructed view of them.

I spend an inordinate amount of time chasing that one elusive moment when all the conditions converge for a good photograph. Such was the case for the half inch long Speckled Sharpshooter at the head of this post. It was perched on the stem of a plant affording me only a side view. I desperately wanted to see the speckled back which gives it its name.

We engaged in a kind of ritual dance. Each time I moved to the left or the right for a better view, it mirrored my movements and shuffled to the other side of the stem. This went on for several minutes until I surrendered to its ability to evade me. It occurs to me now that our interaction was a living metaphor for the fragile relationship between humans and nature’s creatures.

Dancing with a Sharpshooter – a random act of metaphor to remind me that I must be an observer, not a disturber, of the insects that fascinate me so.

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