Thursday, May 30, 2013

Return of the Cicadas - Samuel Orr

A 7+minute clip by Samuel Orr - Return of the Cicadas

The other day, I did a "show and tell" blog post with my new Pinterest Board about all things Insects.  I specifically mentioned using this collection as a kind of therapy to sort of toughen myself so I could take more time to look at bugs, and try to tamp down the "eww" reactions.  I particularly mentioned how the Cicada emergence this summer was on my calendar, specifically the 17 year cycle creatures, which I hope we will find a few of here on our farm in the Midwest.....

So maybe I can just watch films and videos about cicadas instead of bracing myself to actually go nose to nose with them?  I was wandering around the Huffington Post today, and I found the totally amazing clip embedded above, which is a fusion of stills and video all about the life cycle of this fascinating insect!  You can also watch it here on Vimeo.

In fact, I was so smitten by the beauty of this piece, and by the topic, that when I read that Samuel Orr, the author/artist of the piece has a Kickstarter campaign going to more fully develop and produce his Return of the Cicadas, I promptly signed up for Kickstarter here  and added my little contribution to help him more fully develop this beautiful "nature tale" about a truly facinating creature AND, more to the point, a fascinating life cycle.

No, really, they are very beautiful creatures--don't say "ewwww" until you watch the little movie! (And the sound track is fantastic, too!)

Thanks for dropping by!


Anonymous said...

There is no way in 47 hells that I am going to watch that video! I scrolled quickly past the bug pic to get to your text...On Tuesdays the newspaper has a special science section and I gingerly page through it to check for bug pictures each week...I won't even touch a picture of a bug.

WillOaks Studio said...

Aww, don't worry Grace. I know the feeling well, but just want to get past it myself. Ironically, in some ways this video is kind of a tearjerker! Yes, it's so good it got me emotionally involved with the little Cicadas--hope to hear what others think too!

Ratty said...

Good video. Watching videos on an animal you're interested in is actually a great idea. I wonder now why I never thought of that idea myself. Now I'll do that for any new animal I find.


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