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Viquarium: The Observer Of Time

Viquarium: The Observer Of Time

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vz-nostalgia: The translation of Ms. Selena's little poem:
"Time passes by him
Time changes with him
And now he does nothing but
Watches as time goes by"

I bet he watched "Casablanca" and not once, Ms. Selena smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jul 2009, 02:43
Ha Ha.

Very like one I have scheduled for a couple of weeks from now.

Do beetles dream of conquests, or even of greener grass over there?
vz-nostalgia: -
Ray: Do beetles dream of... greener grass over there?
VZ: Over there they might, Ray, but here on Nostalgia they got stuck on the b&w exposed cerebral cortex. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jul 2009, 06:58
Oh Ray can play dumb like a possum. For years now he educated me that bugs are primarily out there to find mates for reasons of procreation. Now he asks a silly question. Although it could be what he means with 'conquests' - but that word could have the ladies league on him in a flash.

Observer of time?? Does the bug wear a watch?
vz-nostalgia: You seem a bit surprised, Louis. smile
Louis: Does the bug wear a watch?
VZ: They don't have to, Louis. A sense of time is naturally built into their body same way as their vision or breathing. The whole world lives by the rhythm of nature: sunrise/sunset, high tide/low tide, spring/fall... And only humans still try to f@ck things up by shifting clocks one hour back and forth, working night shifts, inventing 24/7 entertainment system (have you ever been to Las Vegas?)... Only one tiny connection to the cycles of nature still remains in humans. Want to know what it is? Ask any woman before the ripe age of 50, she'll tell you. smile
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2009, 13:51
brain cortex exposed
errant wonders dying dreams
peering innocence
vz-nostalgia: I can't follow this up without sounding cheesy, Patrick. An absolutely brilliant interpretation.
I love the bugs if to say..whats over there. Good one VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Yes, Patrick has revealed to us what's over there: the dying dreams.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2009, 18:18
The saving light touches the beetle and the leaf where it has settled down, but now it seemed to be ready to fly away just observing the right time- or to brush up its legs... I find that you have depictured this little animal like a self-conscious little personality being aware of its chances and possibilities... Your pic is for me a little homage to the little beings we often overlook or don't appreciate- it ia a precious part of life!
vz-nostalgia: These "little animals" do have personalities, Ms. Philine. The problem is how to reveal it. It's easy to shoot an image of a bug. It's not easy to make it worthy of Viquarium. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2009, 21:25
vz-nostalgia: "human beans" on my, Ms. Philine. Humans don't leave beans, rabbits do. smile I know you meant to say "human beings", but the typo is too damn funny for me to pass it by. smile
Maybe the older we get the more we feel the "sense of time", especially the passing one? smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 24 Jul 2009, 22:16
Respect. plain and simple. this is a work of art deserving solitude, introspection and a single malt.
vz-nostalgia: I'm afraid by the time we finish our single malt, the bug will be gone, Terry. smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2009, 00:26
We all observe time don't we?

When we're small we want to be old, the old yearn for youth.

How many people are content ... and do creatures other than humans even worry about time passing?
vz-nostalgia: -
Ellie: We all observe time don't we?
VZ: Not really. Some of us fly carelessly through life like butterflies, and then... oops... the freezing autumn days fall out seemingly from nowhere and it's time for us to go.
Ellie: When we're small we want to be old, the old yearn for youth.
VZ: That's absolutely true, though has little to do with observing time. smile
Ellie: How many people are content ...
VZ: None as I know of, Ellie smileBut then, I live in America. smile
Ellie: and do creatures other than humans even worry about time passing?
VZ: We'll never know about that, Ellie. But I do know that plants have feelings smile
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2009, 01:59
Ugly bug as any other framed in this great shot smile) Super DOF that I appreciate the most in closeups !
vz-nostalgia: Do you really think it's about an ugly bug, Ms. Mariana? smile
Besides, I don't think it's ugly. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2009, 06:03
On his haunches checking out the landscape - well seen Vik
vz-nostalgia: I see you are an observer too, Chris. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2009, 14:33
Hey, it looks like my "Leap of Faith" several posts ago, the difference is mine is bigger... smile

He needs to turn on his search light before taking off into the darkness, maybe not so much help with seaching but surely to avoid mid-air collision per FAA regulation. smile
vz-nostalgia: -
Ti: "...the difference is mine is bigger..."
VZ: I see you are not different from any other man, Mr. Ti and can't pass a chance to brag. smile
  • K.A.
  • S.A.
  • 25 Jul 2009, 15:21
being a time observer is what everybody somehow do....but surviving and transcending time is something only special souls are able to do...

liked your picture! vikuariumist!!! wink
vz-nostalgia: I have a feeling that you hold a secret to "surviving and transcending time", Ms. K.A. Would you like to share it with us, mortals? smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2009, 20:02
vz-nostalgia: Oh my. Don't you know you can't trust Chris on anything, especially on "human beans", Ms. Philine?
I see Walt Whitman ranks high on your list of poets. I remember you once recommended his "Leaves of Grass" to me. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2009, 23:42
Of course, I learned that from a Russian philosopher... smile
vz-nostalgia: Got to be really careful with those guys, Mr. Ti. smile
I hope that you have not crushed the little bug!!!!
vz-nostalgia: oh my... what gave you the idea that I'm capable of squashing the little bug, Ms. Mela? They all are God's creatures, and who am I to decide who's going to die and who's going to live?
correct answer!!! Ciao
vz-nostalgia: happy I passed the exam. smile
  • Ann LT
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2009, 02:37
Gorgeous lighting on this macro,VZ.
vz-nostalgia: little can compare to watching dreams disappearing in time under a midnight moonlight, Ms. Ann. smile
..and you observed him observing time.fantastic as usual
vz-nostalgia: ...and you observed me observing him, Ms. Toun. smile How are things in Lagos nowadays? I've heard bad news on the radio this morning about the situation in the North of Nigeria.
Great shot, looking into the abyss
vz-nostalgia: ...and the abyss looks back at you? Apparently, a volume of Nitzsche is your bedside table book, Nig. smile
this is absolutely wonderful - very impressive shot smile
vz-nostalgia: smile I think the bug himself is impressed with what he sees, Harry. smile
vz-nostalgia: Ha. The drastic difference between animals and humans is that animals eat only when they are hungry. Eating for pleasure was purely a human invention, the essence of which could be seen in the uber-indulgence of the Roman Empire.
Viquarium... I'll let you figure it out by yourself, Ms. Jamoula. smile
Viqtor smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 30 Jul 2009, 11:44
hehe cute! i feel like the bug like what's down there's gotta be so much more interesting so why don't i just the least i'll get to find out what's down there! wink
vz-nostalgia: At times, when you jump, all you can find out what is down there is the end of the line called life, Ms. Zhen. smile To be an observer is much a much safer position . smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2009, 12:32
There is something extremely serene about this shot. makes me want to whisper my thoughts as I write this comment....super tones VZ (sshhhh..)
vz-nostalgia: well, then whisper us your thoughts, SAVO. We all will listen to you in total silence. smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 1 Aug 2009, 22:21
quelle compo, c'est superbe !
vz-nostalgia: he's a listener of silence, Ms. Marie. smile ...or just a poser. smile
Very nice shot and love the title-it adds something extra
vz-nostalgia: hmmm... and what would that something extra be, Edward? smile
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