23 thoughts on “DP Photo Challenge: Tiny, take 1

  1. I’m always a little fascinated by the fact that we think ladybugs are cute, but other bugs aren’t. Is it just the name, maybe? Either way, this is still a cute photo.

    I’m glad to see you’ve posted. I was wondering how / if the earthquake yesterday affected you. I hope all is well in your world.

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    • Thanks Joanne. I’ve just got to responding to comments and added my 10 cents worth to this in reply to Amy. I’m going with colour at the moment, but am interested to know what people think.
      Thanks too for your concern. We are physically unscathed in Auckland, but I think the whole country is rattled emotionally, and incredibly grateful that because the first quakes happened in the middle of the night, the number of fatalities was very low (2 confirmed so far). But we’ve had over 1800 aftershocks; seen how easily whole communities can be cut off by landslides and road/rail damage, watched footage of one of the most scenic roads destroyed by landslides, and now we’re watching with increasingly horror as more and more buildings in our (supposedly earthquake aware) capital city are being cordoned off as too damaged and dangerous to enter. As always, these things bring out the best and worst in people.


      • Glad to hear that you and yours are all safe. Interesting – I always thought that earthquakes that happened during the night usually resulted in more fatalities. I was relieved to hear the death toll was so low – not like Christchurch in 2011. The pictures are simply beyond my comprehension.
        Hope there is more ‘good’ being demonstrated by people than ‘bad’. You’re right – unfortunately it’s an inevitability that the worst in people comes out.

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        • Thank you Joanne. I think Kiwis are often safer in their homes than at work during earthquakes, because traditionally we have built very low density, wooden housing. In Christchurch, the vast majority of the casualties were in office buildings that collapsed. Of course, it helped that people evacuated their homes before the tsunami waves arrived. We’ve now had over 2000 aftershocks and as each day passes, the scale of the damage becomes clearer. I fear for the future of the smaller communities, but there does seem to be a wave of kindness sweeping our little country and that is heartening. I do hope things are going better for you, and that Gilles and your son are recovering well.


    • Now you’ve got me thinking Amy and Joanne. Could it be about colour? Moths have similar shape to butterflies, but we like them a lot less. I like grasshoppers(we get the bright green kind) and praying mantises (not sure that’s the plural of mantis), but get a bit creeped out by cicadas and crickets.
      I actually have no idea about this but would love to hear everyone’s thoughts. šŸ™‚

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      • Some of it has to be cultural influence. We are taught from a young age that butterflies are beautiful and that ladybugs are good luck (Is that true in NZ?). But the real question is where did those cultural preferences come from? And are they universal or just English-speaking countries? But I think you’re on to something with color. I think we are innately drawn to bright colors—flowers, birds, the ocean, the sky, trees. We don’t wax poetically (or take as many photographs) of sparrows as we do of cardinals, do we? Or of moths v butterflies or worms v fuzzy caterpillars? I bet someone wrote a PhD thesis about this somewhere!


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  3. I also love Ladybugs, and they used to sell them here in Canada too, but I haven’t seen them in recent years.
    So glad to hear that you’re safe and well, although unfortunately, as you say, each day brings more news of instability. I hope all stays calm.

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    • Thanks Amanda. I’ve never seen them for sale, but what a good idea! Things are ok here. So grateful for almost no loss of life in the quakes, but the economic, environmental and social impact is huge. It will be very hard for lots of small communities, and several wildlife habitats have been destroyed. But we are “the shaky isles” and we’ve been here many times before. Hope things are going well for you.

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