Buggin’ Fun” … that’s a new phrase that I’ve coined. It refers to how much fun it is to “go bugging” … that is, to go lookin’ for bugs and other neat stuff. Everybody does that, right? Or at least kids do that, right? Well, this kid definitely likes to go buggin’ … especially in midsummer, when insects of all sorts come into their own. Let me tell you about one such excursion:
Early one morning in mid-July, a friend and I visit a beautiful, dew-covered meadow on the edge of town. It is a lush habitat with abundant grass, goldenrod, milkweed, dogbane, and horse nettle, plus a woodland edge. And it’s chock-full of great critters (many of which are featured in the above video).
Our visit is brief. We spend maybe an hour in the meadow, before going our separate ways to run errands, sit in front of our computers, and deal with everyday things. But it is an hour well-spent. We enter into a magical world, a “bubble” of sorts, and see lots of amazing creatures. What a great way to begin our day! We vow to devote some time every morning to exploring new habitats and sharing in the fun!
How about you? When summer unfolds, do you go lookin’ for bugs and other neat things? Summer goes by quickly, and it’s very important to grasp the opportunity when the gettin’ is truly good. So get out there my friends, it’s time for buggin’ fun!
A Looking Glass
before we went to work today
we took some time for nature play
along a road not far from town
a field of dawning light we found
wading through the meadow’s dew
a magic world comes into view …
a spider’s web, on sparkling grass
what fun to be a looking glass
© Lang Elliott
Animals shown in video:
Below are the short poems featured in the video:
garden spider’s silken thread
spun and woven into a web
a marsh fly with a coat of dew
in just a blink, oh my, he flew!
a robber fly who dreams of prey
of munching insects through the day
a hanging fly with dangly legs
hanging peaceful in the shade
a dragonfly in morning light
trembling, warming up for flight
all poems © 2014 Lang Elliott
ants who hold the aphids dear
sip sweet nectar from their rear
the tallest grass, it’s found amid …
a meadow-loving katydid!
cicada with a scary face …
are you for real, from outer space?
dogbane beetles, green and blue
making babies, wouldn’t you?
a damselfly, forest sprite,
ebony jewelwing, perfect light
a caterpillar climbs with ease …
on a thread he cast into the breeze
beetle larvae chew with zeal
a leafy, fibrous, splintery meal
bumblebee and flower combine
buzzing, shaking, intertwine
a snail with slimy skin aglow
unhurried, smooth and gentle flow
A Note from Lang:
The video is a new experiment … combining poetry with cinematography. I believe it should be called a “Cinépoem.” See my companion blog post for a more complete explanation: Nature Cinépoetry as Art. I do hope people like the approach because I hope to make a longer movie that interweaves poetry with nature footage, nature sounds, and human-created music.
Please let me know what you think of the poems, and of my style of delivery.
The video footage all came from one location, a field located at the edge of my hometown (Ithaca, NY). It is one of several of my “favorite” meadows, due to the diversity of creatures that I find there. The clips were all gathered in mid-summer, though during a number of different visits and over a two year period. I feel lucky if I get two or three high quality clips during a single visit. Sometimes I’m stymied and don’t get anything. And sometimes I walk away with a five or six excellent impressions. This meadow has given me a number of jewels and I look forward to many more visits, and lots more buggin’ fun!
Did you enjoy this intimate glimpse into the natural world?
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