Saturday, August 28, 2010

Innocent Dragonfly is Crucified on the Grille of a Jeep Cherokee!

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All photos © 2010 jim otterstrom

Sacrificed to a machine, the haunting corpse of a dragonfly hangs by its wings from the crossbar of a 1995 Jeep Cherokee grille on August 6th, 2010.

I was quite taken aback when I discovered this unfortunate victim of an automobile suspended from a plastic cross---it's fragile body perfectly preserved in graceful form---too reminiscent of familiar images of a more well-known crucifixion.

Most bugs splat unceremoniously into oblivion when they're hit by several thousand pounds of machinery speeding down a highway, leaving us not much to think about except cleaning up the mess, but somehow this magnificent little creature, even after death, has managed to tell us something about the beauty of its existence, and the tragedy of its passing.

Yes, it's just another bug, one of billions lost each day to the unintentional recklessness of human activity.

Yet, perhaps this tiny innocent member of earth's living community has also died for our sins, by our hands, so that we might once again be patiently reminded by Mother Nature of the destructiveness of our way of life.

How many messengers does Nature's Creation need to send us before we finally get the message?

We have already wiped out 98% of our old growth forests, 99% of our native prairies are gone, 80% of the rivers in China no longer support fish life, and 90% of the large fish in the worlds oceans are gone.

Earth is currently losing between 150 & 200 species every single day, and I can only wonder at the bountiful diversity that once graced this planet before our species came stumbling along into fossil fuels, industrialism, and the age of the infernal combustion machine, which may well render the planet uninhabitable for oxygen breathers.

I'm certainly not religious in any traditional sense of the word, but take another close-up look at this dragonfly, it has a message for us, and, it even looks as if it might have been praying when it died...
...praying, possibly, for the rest of us.
So, just in case, I'm keeping it in a box until Easter.
Photographed on a cloudy afternoon with a Canon SX10IS on a tripod; manual function, super macro setting, ISO 80, f/8.0, at 3 tenths of a second. Contrast & brightness slightly modified in Photoshop CS3. Some images cropped to show detail.

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Blogger Tabor said...

This looked a little to me like a Maxfield Parrish painting or some artwork from the 1920's.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Yes, and it is also a quite dark and Gothic kind of image, almost sci-fi to my eye like something from a movie set.

I was lucky in stumbling across such an unlikely scene in a most ordinary place.

By the way, thank you for being such a regular reader & commentor.\

I appreciate it.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Peruby said...

Too funny, yet too tragic at the same time.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


...and to me, mirroring the tragicomedy of our civilization

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Mark Calkins said...

Could it be that the Creator, an infinite, personal loving entity separate from His creation, strives with man to remind each individual of His unique love for them, and the measure of His sacrifice? Perhaps the message was meant for you personally, separate from all of creation.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Dear Mark

Yes, it could be, I can't deny any possibility, nor can I claim anything as absolute.

~peace & love~

...and long live small remote airports with campgrounds!!!

9:07 AM  
Blogger ZZ said...

You're very kind and thoughtful.

Me personally, I probably would have just thrown it away.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Well said.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thank you...

9:47 AM  
Blogger Watson Zion said...

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9:54 PM  

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