Today's August Break is brought to you by my favourite photography subject: nature! Insects being a part of that broad spectrum. I get giddy if I can get close up to a bug. This happened twice today, in two distinctively different ways.
First, a hitchhiking grasshopper caught my attention. This little guy had attached itself to the roof of the car & found its way to the downtown. Before he jumped off, I got a few macro shots & had a nice lil chat with him. Dapper little fella.
Secondly, and less happily, I found a dead dragonfly on my steps upon my return home. I became quite enchanted with this little winged creature, and carefully placed it on a yellow bloom to take a photo. I decided that was wrong of me, so moved him to the ground, where dragonflies often sun themselves. I left him in a sheltered area where he can be at peace. I've never photographed a dead insect before ... it felt wrong somehow, but I wanted to capture its beauty. I felt I did so, whilst also respecting its preciousness.
I became quite introspective about the whole thing. Life. Death. Fragility. Respect.
All of those things came into my mind, all because of a grasshopper and a dragonfly.
Truly, life can be found in the littlest of places.