Nature's Place

Ant On A Stick …

Sounds almost edible, not uncommon in some places, to eat them, insects.

Oh no, please don’t eat me too … and look at all the small hard bits to get stuck between your teeth.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

I’m going to jump … ok, ok, I’ve got wings so that’s not going to work.

But really, let’s talk about this first. Or let’s not, let’s just forget all about it.

Look how fine a creature I am. Perfectly formed to function in my place, as an ant.

Not somebody’s dinner … I’ve got things to do on this earth too you know.

Apart from looking fine, and as if I know what I’m doing on top of this stick.

I know, I’ll just fly away, and forget we ever had this conversation. And you can do the same. … Right? Right?

Here in the ‘West’ there has been recent talk of eating insects, ostensibly as a food fashion but really because unsustainable practices in food production have made sourcing unpredictable, insecure.
It’s what happens when we take our eye off the ball, looking towards a ‘better’ (for someone) horizon. The ball being here and now, the horizon being there and then, unrealistic – not here now.
No doubt certain strata of society will come to enjoy them (insects) immensely. I could say more … about insatiable human nature.
But all is well, evolution is right on time.
The sun shines, the wind blows …
Water is wet. Here and now.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 12/04/2022 at 9:56 pm

    unsustainable practices in food production

    Read today about a transporter they found with old, bad meat in it (no fridge also) on its way to further use.

    • Mark said, on 15/04/2022 at 6:47 am

      If there’s a profit in it someone’s doing it. It seems there are fewer self imposed restrictions on what ‘we’ will do for a profit these days, if it was ever otherwise – because it’s only self-discipline that prevents the worst excesses. The law, rules, ethics seem largely to have fallen by the wayside in these times.

  2. kopfundgestalt said, on 12/04/2022 at 9:54 pm

    Great face !!

  3. Rose Robin said, on 12/04/2022 at 7:00 am

    Love these golden ants Mark, and your words. Beautiful!

  4. Book Club Mom said, on 12/04/2022 at 6:35 am

    I have to say, this is a much better looking ant than the ones that pay us visits. Loved your commentary!

    • Mark said, on 15/04/2022 at 6:43 am

      Thanks BCM. You might find yours look different as close as this is.

  5. picpholio said, on 12/04/2022 at 4:17 am

    My compliments for these macro shots, realy awesome.

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