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Small and Beautiful

Summer is here! All you have to do is to go out into a park or deserted area and if you pause for a while and allow your eyes adjust to the space around you,  you will start noticing flies, insects, ants and a whole lot more moving around the place. But have you actually taken a good look at these “Creatures”?

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They are exquisitely created in form, colour and size; and are born with the will to survive. I do believe that they have been the source of inspiration for the “Aliens” that have been created in the sci-fi movies of the recent past.

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From the common house fly to the tiny butterflies,  from the bees that carry pollen from one flower to the other in search of honey, to the busy ants….they are all on a mission….they need to collect enough food for the day to grow, survive and later on pass their genes to the next generation.

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We do’nt always see the beauty in these tiny creatures for a couple of reasons….firstly, we consider ourselves superior and busy, and do not spare them a thought, – especially if it means we have to go out in the heat to look for them; and secondly, they are so small that unless you actually make the effort to find them, and inspect them closely, you never really get to see the great level of perfection and detail that each one of them possess.

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Although they are found almost all year round, probably the best time to find them is during the spring/summer months. Mornings are generally the best time, this is when activity is at its highest.

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Take a few minutes each time you pass by some flowers or tall grass, look for them……you will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

Family Meal

Family Dinner

 Meal time is family time…take some quality time off from your busy schedule and spend it sharing a meal with your loved ones. It helps build relationships and makes you feel a whole lot better for having taken the time to do so.

This was taken in Al Ain Zoo earlier this year. The other animals were just roaming about aimlessly (at least that was how it seemed to us), but all the giraffe’s got together, and decided to have their afternoon meal. It was quite interesting to see how just one of them would pick up some of the grass, and suddenly there would be 3-4 heads converging on the one that had collected the grass, and they would all pick small shares literally from the others mouth. What was more surprising was that the one that had collected the grass in the first place did not seem to mind at all that the others were taking the grass literally out of its mouth. Fortunately, different giraffe’s kept picking up the grass,while the others helped themselves to a mouthful.

We took a few pictures and then moved on. What we found interesting about the giraffe’s were that they did not seem to mind sharing the food at all; something quite contrary to what we understand about the wild..that its all about the survival of the fittest.

We found the photography interesting for a few reasons…firstly, the calm temperament of the animals, secondly, their color made a nice contrast against the sky, and thirdly, because of their height, it helped to eliminate the clutter/distraction on the ground and leave a clear background to frame the image in.