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photoblog image Viquarium: Cicadas or In Search Of A Sense Of Mystery

Viquarium: Cicadas or In Search Of A Sense Of Mystery

They spend many years in the darkness of the underground as nymphs, dreaming of the mysterious big world up above. When time comes, they emerge from the darkness into the beautiful real world, only to find that the real world is a harsh place. The bubble of mystery that kept them alive through the long years below is gone. They die the same year they come from underneath into the world they dreamed of for so long. 

Viquarium: Cicadas or In Search Of A Sense Of Mystery

They spend many years in the darkness of the underground as nymphs, dreaming of the mysterious big world up above. When time comes, they emerge from the darkness into the beautiful real world, only to find that the real world is a harsh place. The bubble of mystery that kept them alive through the long years below is gone. They die the same year they come from underneath into the world they dreamed of for so long. 

comments (21)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jan 2010, 00:12
Thought provoking commentary to accompany this superb image..
vz-nostalgia: smile You just described Nostalgia, SAVO. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jan 2010, 02:50
Lovely cicada ballet on the mature water lily fruit, VZ.

I am guessing the harsh reality is still way better than the solitary confinement from which they fled...they can dance, flit, partake in the cicada:cicada rituals, etc.

Your glorious monochrome artwork brings lashing of credit on all Users of Shutterchance.

Verily....


[eerrr...perhaps I am overdoing this positive feedback just a touch...]
vz-nostalgia: smile
Ray: Lovely cicada ballet...
VZ: "Cicada ballet". Hahaha. I love it. I'm sure Sergei Dyagilev and Igor Stravinsky would come up with something interesting with this idea, if someone steered them in the right direction. smile
Ray: ...the harsh reality is still way better than the solitary confinement...
VZ: well, some may look at it as a solitary confinement, while others might call it a life in a cocoon full of dreams and expectations. smile
Ray: Your glorious monochrome artwork brings lashing of credit on all Users of Shutterchance
VZ: I see, you intentionally decided to break teh First Rule of Nostalgia just to see what happens. smile
Poor creatures, they live a broken dream. But even if it's short they still live it. Good composition Viktor and processing as well.
vz-nostalgia: So many of us live a broken dream, Ms. Delia, not realizing it's not about the destination, but the journey. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jan 2010, 07:06
They may die young but I think they leave a legacy Vik
vz-nostalgia: They certainly do, Chris. Each female cicada deposits hundreds of eggs under the tree bark. When they hatch, the baby-nymphs drop to the ground and burrow. At the time, they have no idea they will spend next 17 years in the darkness of teh underworld. smile
Being human isn't that bad after all..

I like the crispness and BW conversion here - great tonal range smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Aksel: Being human isn't that bad after all...
VZ: Sure. Nine months is nothing, compared with 17 years, Aksel. smile
very good B&W with marvelous cntrast
vz-nostalgia: Only you can get away with such an open flattery, Ms. Chantal. smile
Interesting conversion Viktor, almost looks like a negative image.
vz-nostalgia: That was the only way to bring the texture of their wings to life, Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jan 2010, 11:15
Wonderfull B&W, a short life does not mean an unpleasant life, we all have the play our part in it and we might as well make the best out of it.
Great DOF and composition.
vz-nostalgia: smile Who can call eating, having sex and singing all day long an unpleasant lfie, Ms. Astrid? smile No wonder they drop dead by the end of summer. smile if they don't become a food for teh cicada eater wasp prior to that, that is. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jan 2010, 15:02
Ziiiiiiiinggggg!

OK a bit more serious - this makes a sort of a natural abstract.

Other interpretations: The cicadas attacking the honey comb - or are they cleaning out an oyster patch?
vz-nostalgia: smile
Louis: Ziiiiiiiinggggg!
VZ: You got me here, Louis. smile I had no idea what "zing" is, so I referred to the Urban Dictionary:
1. zing
The new term for owned, said after saying something witty to someone in an insulting manner.
Person 1: So, what'd you do last night?
Person 2: Your Mum.....ZING.
2. zing
An interjection commonly used after making a witty joke at someone else's expense while they are present.
Person 1: Your room smells like ass.
Person 2: That's because you're in it. ZING!

smile and so on... smile
Louis: ...this makes a sort of a natural abstract.
VZ: How so, Louis? An abstract per definition has no reference to a real object or a subject, while every bit in this image is instantly recognizable. smile
A case of travelling hopefully being better than arriving perhaps.
vz-nostalgia: You are right on point here, Bill. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2010, 10:49
Wonders of nature! I'm wondering and wondering, but there must be a deeper sense and a meaning (we can't understand) in all what has been created! The Greeks who loved the cicadas and took them as poetic beings because of her irritating songs (I never saw any cicada, but I listened to them sitting in the grasses while it was getting darker and the surroundings became tranquil) would say: Whom the Gods are loving, they let die early! But loving the life we human beans want to live for a longer time! I find your pic fascinating although I cannot recognize/verify each detail- but it's okay, the cicadas are keeping herself to herself.
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: ...there must be a deeper sense and a meaning (we can't understand) in all what has been created!
VZ: We are totally clueless about many things in nature, Philine. smile How do bees manage to build their honeycombs in accordance with a perfect hexagonal geometry? Why do Galapagos sea turtles live a few hundred years? How an ant can lift a load hundreds of times heavier than its own weight? And on and on... smile
Great b&w!
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, RS.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2010, 18:55
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. If I want to listen to cicada songs! There are so many of them on the trees around the house, Ms. Philine, sometimes it becomes a painful experience. smile It is as if I'm having a rock concert in my own backyard. smile So I will leave the praises to the poets. smile
Did you know that only males are capable of making the "noise"? It's their mating call. That means one thing, teh only thought that resides in their little brain is about sex. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jan 2010, 19:38
I got you? Nah, not possible. The Ziiiiiiiinggggg! just refers to a cicada going at full tilt. The stuff out of the Urban Dictionary are americanisms - although one hears a lot of americanisms in movies, I have never heard of ZING. So I have learnt a new one - it should be filed right next to zit.

VZ - how so Louis?

Louis - easy, since 'sort of' does not refer to the whole as one would interpret something as wholly abstract.
More difficult: If one understands "abstract" as an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on pictorial or textual representation, then you may think it has no reference to real subject/object. That viewpoint in its purest form negates the nature of humankind. The human is not capable of 100% original thinking. The human interprets from within a frame of references. In the end that allows the human to build a view in his/her own mind. Like the other meaning of abstract (a synopsis) that view will be the result of thinking and experiential of nature, which is built on real subjects/objects. That can be used for designing and creative arts - you need a map or view in your mind to understand what you can or want to do. Your ability for abstract reasoning can be measured for instance.

Since that is now very clear smile back to the cicadas and the honey pot. I see the beginnings of a design there - and that view is an abstract one until it has realised. When it realises you will be able to see/understand my view and it will stop being abstract.

In many circles people tend to refer to some unrecognisable form as abstract. Since it does exist to be observed it can hardly be abstract. The only issue at hand is that the thingy doesn't have a commonly known name.

Not bad for a saturday night after some good Rouges Rouge grin
vz-nostalgia: smile
Louis: ...it should be filed right next to zit.
VZ: Now I have to look up "zit". I see no end to this, Louis. smile
Louis: Not bad for a saturday night after some good Rouges Rouge.
VZ: Some? I have no idea what Rouges Rouge is, but I suspect one needs minimum a bottle of it to write what you just wrote, Louis. smile
If we knew our destination, would we journey there so readily?
vz-nostalgia: some would, while others, well, would not. smile
To look at bigger picture, the destination is the same for all of us, Ms. Pixie. The only difference to be is, some will arrive there sooner than the others. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 24 Jan 2010, 06:09
a 'bugsy' thought...
life indeed is a mystery as death is...we can do nothing about death...but we can do lots to enjoy every second as if they were minutes and every minute as if they were hours... i think those creatures live their only-year to its extend...
i'm sure they thank that guys like you love shooting them instead of 'shooting' them..hahaha
vz-nostalgia: :
KA: ...we can do nothing about death...
VZ: Well, your statement is not entirely true, Ms. KA. We can postpone death by not smoking, eating right and going to a gym. smile
KA: ...i think those creatures live their only-year to its extend...
VZ: You bet: eat, sleep, sex. Not necessarily in this order. Though, I doubt that they ever sleep. smile
absolutely incredible!! B&W was a superb choice for them!
vz-nostalgia: what made you think so, Charles, if you haven't seen the color version? smile
Almost like it is out of stone
vz-nostalgia: I took a chisel and cut out all teh extra stone, Ms. Chantal. smile That's what Auguste Rodin said, when someone asked him how he manages to make such beautiful sculptures. smile
love the light here. well done.
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, Ms. Jamoula. All natural.
Amazing. Your description sounds a lot like the transition humans take into adulthood. They just have a few more years to enjoy the harsh world smile Fantastic work, Viktor
vz-nostalgia: :
Thomas: Your description sounds a lot like the transition humans take into adulthood.
VZ: smile I wasn't talking about insects here, Thomas. smile So, your gut feeling was correct. smile
so the title could be 'transition to depression' ... which would probably really confuse a lot of people, if they don't read the comments :-D
vz-nostalgia: you got it, Thomas. smile
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