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2X1: gin and coffee – a brief commentary on bugs – infringement on the estate of Charles Schulz
Published
Nov 23, 2021
07:04 PM
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I’ve always liked taking photos of small creatures. I don’t think insects are appreciated enough.

This is something I learned from my mom.

My mom is a biologist: raised on a farm in New Jersey, got a PhD in chemistry at Harvard, spends a lot of her time these days trying to explain to local politicians why building developments on the town water supply might have an impact on water quality.

She also loves bugs. Other kids’ mothers thought they were anywhere between a nuisance and a menace; my mom couldn’t wait to get them under a microscope.

I took this near a lake. He’s got his wings forward to present less surface area to the sharp breeze coming off the water.
I took this near a lake. He’s got his wings forward to present less surface area to the sharp breeze coming off the water.
Woollybear on a railroad track. (Hasn’t been a train there in forty years, or I would have moved him.)
Woollybear on a railroad track. (Hasn’t been a train there in forty years, or I would have moved him.)
This is a Japanese ladybug. It was wandering around on my bedside lamp last night.
This is a Japanese ladybug. It was wandering around on my bedside lamp last night.
Dragonfly. Didn’t seem to be doing too well; I put him under a bush.
Dragonfly. Didn’t seem to be doing too well; I put him under a bush.
Bumblebee on a—crap, can’t remember what that flower is.
Bumblebee on a—crap, can’t remember what that flower is.

Bugs are endlessly diverse and endlessly fascinating. I like taking photos of them because these images capture details that most of us never get close enough to see.

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Hope you enjoyed this! If you’d like to see more, follow me on Instagram or VSCO. Stay tuned for the next issue of 2X.

Until next time,

—Chris

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