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photoblog image Viquarium: Winners And Losers

Viquarium: Winners And Losers

 

"Life sucks", complained a grasshopper, taking his last breath.

"Life's good", protested a spider, looking forward to a mouth-watering gourmet feast.

"There are always two sides to every story", I said to myself, pressing the shutter.

 

Viquarium: Winners And Losers

 

"Life sucks", complained a grasshopper, taking his last breath.

"Life's good", protested a spider, looking forward to a mouth-watering gourmet feast.

"There are always two sides to every story", I said to myself, pressing the shutter.

 

comments (35)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Mar 2009, 01:08
Two sides to the story, two sides of a coin, exactly, Viktor. It's a sermonette we should be reminded of often. Thanks.
vz-nostalgia: A sermonette... Oh no, Ms. Ginnie. I'll make a horrible preacher. smile
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 20 Mar 2009, 01:32
It all depends on where you are on the food chain...
vz-nostalgia: Most of us are at the bottom of the food chain, Larry. Big guys of Wall Street are on top. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Mar 2009, 01:42
It's just like life Vik - some eat: some die. A great dramatic shot!
vz-nostalgia: it's not just LIKE life, Chris, it IS life. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 20 Mar 2009, 03:00
I would have found it hard to resist saving the grasshopper. I read that spiders can go an entire year without food.
vz-nostalgia: saving the grasshopper? The spider worked so hard for it, planning this catch, stratigically locating and weaving the net, and now, when it all paid off, you want me to deprive it from a well deserved treat?
And what do grasshoppers do to deserve a pitty? They jump up and down, back and forth all day long and eat our monkey grass. The only useful thing they can do is to feed themselves to spiders. smile
Well that has put me off my breakfast, Vik.
vz-nostalgia: I'm sorry, Chad. I know you don't like raw grasshoppers. smile Everyone knows they taste much better fried. smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk3IkDHwByY&feature=related
It gave me the shivers. Great atmosphere
vz-nostalgia: Like a photographic equivalent to a psychological horror thriller, Ms. Jamoula? smile
Love the shot combined with the description.
vz-nostalgia: and that is how it goes on Nostalgia, Ms. Delia. The word and the image here supplement each other. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Mar 2009, 08:58
Viktor, I propose the English word 'wisdom' to be spelled 'visdom' or or to invent the term 'vilosophy'- na, we have in my language a saying which might express a similar life experience and wisdom: "Wat dem eenen sin Uhl, is dem annern sin Nachtigall" (what an owl for one person, for the other a nightingale- or similar).
The pic is fascinating depicturing a kind of transformation or a struggle for life - but I cannot admit that I have seen all details despite the fine lighting!
vz-nostalgia: I'll vote for "visdom" and "vilosophy" with both hands, Ms. Philine. These might be the two new categories I will add to Nostalgia in future . smile
vz-nostalgia: smile I guess I was too obvious here in my parallel between human nature and Darwin's "survival of the fittest". smile
Regarding two things, they may not be the same, but I think it's always a good idea to listen to both sides, a winning one and a losing one. Hope we agree on that, Ms. Jose. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Mar 2009, 09:46
vz-nostalgia: That's the same spider that was after me here
http://nostalgia.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Tales_From_My_Garden%3A_The_Constant_Gardener_/
, Ms. Ingrid. smile
I explained to Ms. Suzanne in detail why I didn't rescue the grasshopper. Hope you are agree with my logic. smile
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 20 Mar 2009, 09:58
Makes a change from sex and death I guess ;o) Superbly grisely shot Viktor - life goes on in the garden.
vz-nostalgia: In ancient Rome two things were most important and one guaranteed- food, sex and death. Little has changed, Mike. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Mar 2009, 10:34
very apt, a great shot with some very dark overtones
vz-nostalgia: we can't avoid darkness, even if we try, zed. it is as an inherent part of our life as lightness. smile
  • Jack
  • Atlanta
  • 20 Mar 2009, 13:46
Grasshopper vs. Spider. Taxpayers vs. AIG.
Love it!
vz-nostalgia: I knew someone will draw the analogy, as I was thinking the same thing. smile
Ready for his packed lunch and it does look well packed. Good one.
vz-nostalgia: well, I guess that's what God prescribed them to do in life, Ron, weaving nets and packing lunches. smile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 20 Mar 2009, 14:50
hahaha, I love your comment grin

Excellent capture Viktor, I felt bad for the little bugger, but after what you said, I shrugged and gave you a two thumbs up for nice photographic execution.
vz-nostalgia: never knew my words can change someone's mind in perception of a piece of art. Often, it's just opposite, people like to argue with me to death. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Mar 2009, 14:51
Suzanne would have had to empty the spider out and rebuild parts of the missing grasshopper puzzle - thereafter the kiss of lifesmile

Ginnie is the daughter of a preacherman - for real.

Chad is a sissy grin

Jack is probably a taxpayer - which taxpayer doesn't cheat? wink

Circle of life and I have no comment. What a day.
vz-nostalgia: that is exactly what makes the world so interesting, Louis, that we all are so different in our perception of things.
blimey Victor i don't think i would be brave enough to get so close to that spider, you did and its a peach of a shot well in fact its a stunning shot and great tone toosmile
vz-nostalgia: she was in a celebratory mood and was so busy packing her meal that I managed to get fairly close (about 1 inch), without even being noticed. smile Otherwise, it's quite spooky, when they start agressively vibrate the net, as the females are quite big (2"-2.5").
  • Richard
  • United States
  • 20 Mar 2009, 17:47
The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat. Trials of life depicted with upmost vicousness and cleanliness...Mmmmm may I have another?
vz-nostalgia: too bad in nature Victory is often so short lived and might turn next moment into Defeat. Life is so unpredictable, Richard. smile
Excellent picture of nature getting on with what nature does.
vz-nostalgia: oh, you'll be surprised what else nature does, Bill. Listen to this. This is from a describtion of these Argiope spiders:
"... the Garden Orbweaver is the only member of the animal kingdom that dies spontaneously during mating. The male has two sexual organs (two penises! Holy smokes! VZ). When he inserts the second one, an irreversible seizure is induced, that kills the male (that what I would call a true orgasm! VZ). The male is then held in place inside the female because his palp is swollen. This is a critical method of protection because it keeps other males from mating with the female and gives her time to rest. After about twenty minutes, the female will remove the male from her back, eat him, and carry on about her normal life".
That's what nature does, Bill. smile
  • Chichi
  • United States
  • 20 Mar 2009, 19:30
very nice shot.
vz-nostalgia: I see you are not very talkative today, Ms. Chichi. smile
Still, "very nice shot" is somewhat a progress, compared to your usual "nice shot". smile
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2009, 01:29
striking shot vik
vz-nostalgia: well maybe, doc. Though, it wasn't me who did the strike. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Mar 2009, 03:28
Its all about perspective, and the photographer seems to have won the day on this occasion.
vz-nostalgia: smile he sure did, Ray. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Mar 2009, 10:33
"Winners and losers" - that must be a well- known American phrase - for we watched in our English lesson a wonderful humorous-serious American film "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) which ironized that kind of thinking!
vz-nostalgia: "...that must be a well- known American phrase..." Absolutely, Ms. Philine. I see it all the time, especially in weekly periodicals- "the Winners and Losers of the week". There is no pity for the losers here. Anywhere in the world a silver medal, or even a bronze medal is an honorable thing. Here, it means you didn't get to the very top, therefore you are a loser. smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Mar 2009, 20:29
lol! winners and loosers, "well I guess that's life" said the big hungry bird as it swooped down to grab the spider. mal
vz-nostalgia: i doubt that birds think much about philosophy of life, mal. smile I bet, the birdie said: "Mmmmm, what a yummy fatsy juicy spider.". smile
  • zOOm
  • France
  • 22 Mar 2009, 09:23
Oh yes ! And title fits so well. You've made a good choice for the B&W ! It really adds a dramatic mood. Loosers and Winners. Predators and Victims. Life, isn't it ?
vz-nostalgia: Life? Well, for some that means life's going on, Ms. Flo, for others that's the end of it. smile
I have no idea of scale, but the spider looks rather scarily large! Good pic.
vz-nostalgia: well, scarily large would be a good way to describe the scale, Nig. She was about 5-6 centimeters long and strikingly beautiful. smile
  • Sam Finken
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 13:53
Intense, Viktor, Intense!
vz-nostalgia: Yep. That's what I do, Sam. I condense reality to the very essence of it until there is nothing to add or remove smile
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 17:11
Love the title and the narrative.
vz-nostalgia: shoot... I hoped you would like the image too, Travis. smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 23 Mar 2009, 17:15
Striking image. Well done. Perception is reality.
vz-nostalgia: you're always so concise in your comments, Ms. Laurie. smile "Perception is reality" Could you elaborate on this, please?
Two sides to the story, two sides of a coin. I'm on the side of the spider.I love to eat grasshoppers!!!
vz-nostalgia: you love to eat grasshoppers, Ms. Stef? Were you growing up in Thailand. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 24 Mar 2009, 19:51
Wow!! what a meal!! not sure for whom...for the one who worked hard enough to 'build' this magistral 'trap', i guess...
I'm a fan of spiders web, I find them really 'architectonicly perfect'... smile
(did you have nightmares that night, Mr VZ?)
vz-nostalgia: what night do you exactly have in mind, Ms. K.A.? smile
so great capture !!
vz-nostalgia: my garden is full of opportunities, louis. smile
yes, seems like we've got same palyground friends : http://louis-despres.aminus3.com/image/2007-08-28.html

((o;
vz-nostalgia: hahahaha You bet, Louis. Same beautiful lady spider. Apparently, they feel at home anywhere in the world. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 4 Apr 2009, 02:15
strange...I don't relate the the spider or the grasshopper...I feel like the web!
vz-nostalgia: hmmm.... I'd like to hear more about that. Do you like catching the prey and embrace it in your deadly cocoon? smile
it is either seizures, or blood rushing too quickly from the brain.
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