Nature's Place

Grasshopper

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I have observed everything has its season and that includes things as they appear to me or in my perception. Things can be without them necessarily appearing ‘to me’. The dragons are still about in large numbers but they aren’t sitting for me much anymore. It is still the season for Dragons but not Dragons for me. Dragonflies are said to be symbolic of fundamental change, with style, obviously. And everything else is also symbolic. Of what is the question, it always is.

It is now the time of the grasshopper, they are everywhere I turn these days and I am waking up to their presence. So let’s have a look at what the grasshopper presents. They don’t have the same drama about them as the dragonfly but they do have their own character, though somewhat withdrawn from view.

Grasshoppers are grazers, laid back little fellows, and so don’t present a threat to anything but the leaves of plants. They tend to blend with their surroundings in various shades of green or brown, with the occasional showman or woman, unlike the dragons who are all colour and show.

They can disappear with a kick of a leg, I’ve seen them with only one, and they can be poked and prodded without giving more than a sideways shuffle to show they noticed. They are their own beauty, unassuming in appearance, soft and strong when necessary but never aggressive.

Have you ever seen a grasshopper negotiate for grazing rights?

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. froggie lover said, on 14/03/2009 at 12:12 am

    Curious critters…delightful capture..

    • Mark said, on 14/03/2009 at 10:01 am

      Hello Froggie, delightful critters – curious capture..:)

  2. Spacey said, on 05/03/2009 at 8:36 pm

    I loved the snaps! I used to have a grasshopper pet back when i was a kid, it was one of the bigger types and it was a little yellowish. we used to call him ‘wilburt’, inspired by the same from one of the disney’s animation series

    Its true that grasshoppers are peace loving creatures posing threat only to leaves of plant. but the thing is, during certain seasons of the year and at certain parts of the world, they group, Oh and how they group! they call it ‘The Swarm – The killer Locust Swarm’. Its scary to see so many of em together…anyways, as individuals they are adorable…

    • Mark said, on 05/03/2009 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, there are a few types around here too. Good eating when necessary I believe!

  3. iheartfilm said, on 05/03/2009 at 6:34 pm

    You know, I see a lot of mediocre macro on wordpress, but your stuff is quite good.

    Chris


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