Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corner View - Miniature Worlds




The theme of this week's Corner View is Miniature Worlds., and it made me think of small animals and insects, like the coatis and butterflies, especially the 88 Butterfly, Diaethria eluina, which I saw by the majestic Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. In so many ways, the insect world going on beneath our feet seems to mirror our own. As a boy, I was fascinated by the lives of ants, and used to spend hours in the back garden watching them. They cultivate miniature crops, keep greenflies as domestic animals, fight orgainized wars, carry their dead home and so much more, and numerically there are more of them in an acre than there are humans in the whole world.




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24 comments:

  1. hey! that first one's amazing. ta for these.

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  2. I like the first butterfly! It looks like a zebra!
    I like the other pictures too! :)

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  3. Great photos! I like the bw butterfly. Oh the last photo is sad. xo

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  4. I just have to give you that, ian: you deliver the best one liners preceded by the most impressive nonchalance.

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  5. Great post. very touching pictures ;D

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  6. And they are very important for the balance of ecosystems. Beautiful butterflies.

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  7. Beautiful butterflies. If you were faciniated by ants, take a look at my CV this week.

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  8. I share the same fascination... you know that ;) Your photos are beautiful, especially the 88 butterfly, I discover here...

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  9. Beautiful photos Ian! I was sure those butterflies were from Iguazu Falls! I have been fortunate to see them three times... and hope to see them again!
    Have a nice day!

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  10. Love that photo of the butterfly! And I like your goals of travel and work. Good luck to you!

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  11. Great shots and Info.
    What is the last picture of? Is the little one napping (please say yes!) It is sweet. The tongue.
    Thanks for your comment...I shall have to look for that movie now!
    Best,
    Andrea

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  12. That is a South American Coati mother giving her very much alive baby some TLC. The baby is rapt with pleasure.

    Coatis hang out in groups of fifteen to thirty females and youngsters, while the adult males are loners, and their behaviour is so different that they even have a different name: coatamundis.

    The baby coati leapt up after this and followed its mother and the rest of the troupe into the forest.

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  13. aw. those are really interesting photos you got there!

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  14. Beautiful! I love the second one of the butterfly!

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  15. oh beautiful! I love butterflies... And thanks for your visit and kind note. Yes please do post a Persian Miniature. Yes Shiraz, Hafez... all this beauty and poetry and people just enjoying them both slowly as it should be. I think I should have been born in another time --perhaps I was... Thanks again.

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  16. i always learn something here:) have a great weekend ian!

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  17. your great photos make the 'miniature' subjects appear larger than life! thanks for bringing them to our view...especially that first pattern on the wings, wow...

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  18. The designs on the butterflies can tell stories. Beautiful.

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  19. beautiful photos, love the butterflies! Ian you have an amazing blog and a extraordinary travel life!!

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  20. i love small animals. they look so pretty!!

    great post

    have a great weekend

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  21. What a fascinating take on last week's Corner View! I love that first picture!

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  22. That is so cool! I have never seen an 88 butterfly before.

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  23. i even have a butterfly tattoo. love the first pic! :D

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