Saturday, July 10, 2010

Walk With Ants

I am lucky to have found another paradise at Cerok Tokun.

And I find ants that start working very early in the morning, much earlier than me, without any secretary and computer.

They go back and forth, up and down.

They never bother about the spotlight that shines on them. They are focusing on only one mission: serious at work and just do it. There is no tidbit, cigarette and make-up during work.

They go wherever is required, easy or difficult, bright or dark, and I have never heard about any complaint for two consecutive weeks.

I have been squatting at the same place trying to study them whenever I have my hiking at Cerok Tokun. I once imagined I was a director sitting on a director's chair, and they were my superstars.

They never talk about air conditioner and automation. They do it the same way for centuries and they are happy. Internet, television, car and so on have never come into their mind.

They do it in their own way.

And in a humorous way, just because I think I am a director. I have managed a waltz dance by one of them before I call it a day.

23 comments:

Frieda said...

That's a fantastic post! I like both the pictures and your writing about them.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nice 'Ant stor'y Director sir!

wenn said...

true, they never seem to complain like humans do..

betchai said...

ants set a very good example and model for us humans, they are very hardworking, and could not even be bothered by your presence there, love your story and the pictures.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Too much! Well, it is intriguing- to think of them carrying on and maybe what we do (we have so much distraction)..when I was a child, I can remember endless hours (so it seemed) with just my imagination- we can still slip into that space! I think your macros are wonderful in this series and you make a fine director!

ruthi said...

Oh My Goodness! What a magnificent macro shot. Love the composition and the lighting. Great shot. Nice words too.

Diane AZ said...

Great images of your superstars in action. The last one looks like it's walking on the moon.

silent moments said...

Inspiring...
Almost like a parallel universe which goes unnoticed among many distractions of the digital world.

rainfield61 said...

Frieda:
It is very fun to observe these tiny creatures and capture them in pictures, when the moment is right.

Kirigalpoththa:
I hope I am. I may need to buy a director's chair first.

wenn:
When they complaint, they start to bite... lol.

betchai:
Luckily they do not ever think of any vacation. How do they travel to Washington if they would like to?

Kilauea Poetry:
They carry on their task, I carry on with my imagination, though I am not a child.

ruthi:
My experience trains me to have a better pair of eyes.

Diane:
You are right. I was on the moon yesterday. I brought the ant together.

silent moments:
Some of us go parallel in daily life as well. There are no insersection points.

Loshini said...

LOVE the pictures. Worthy of NAtional Geographic. Truly :)

Sankara Subramanian C said...

Fantastic pictures! It is so difficult to see someone zoom in on an ant. Happy to see it here.

Ayie said...

how did you get those shots? they always move around!

ants are the most hardworking insects of all!

Ann said...

Your ants want to go treking too? They can go to Miri in my Uncle's ayr jambu tree.

The silly things were biting me when I was taking photos. I wasn't even disturbing them.

http://annsnowchin.blogspot.com/2010/04/water-guava-jambu-madu-thai-rose-apple.html

My camera cannot take close up like you, sorry.

You got a kaki to go treking or do you trek alone? My husband made an appointment to go today. Then he fell asleep sunbathing in the deck saying it is too cold. So I am looking for a Kaki.

Ann said...

You are a very brave man, luckily you don't live in the era of communist insurgency. My mum used to tell my brother off when he went camping. Some times he had to "lie" to go. This was what my mum said," The communists think you are a soldier, the soldiers think you are a communist. You get shot front and back." Nothing to LOL about, I lived through those times in Sarawak. 24 hour curfew. You go hiking alone Ah Yo!!!!!

Were you a boy scout?

Do you remember a few years back, 3 Singapore boys got lost in the Pahang jungle and got saved by the Orang Asli? I know their aunty. The big boy said, he was never frighten because he was a boy scout.

Sharkbytes said...

We can always count on you to find the small actors with the big parts. Here, red ants can be counted on to bite. Will yours, if you give them a direction they don't like?

Icy BC said...

I like your thought from the ants' view. It's a simpler life that works just fantastically!

Beautiful photos of the ants.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Ants are hardworking. Even the bible praises Ants.

Cheryl said...

A great story indeed. Busy ants, always accomplishing something, never wavering. A lesson there indeed.

VanillaSeven said...

I believe they will blog about you if they have an internet.

Mei Teng said...

Ants are shining examples as hardworking workers.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Rainfield, you are the ultimate in directors who can direct these tiny beauties and bring us such wonderful stories and pictures. Off to Hollywood for you :D

Tes said...

Good capture. Love how the ants seem to glow despite the darkness of the surrounding. Ants really are industrious creatures. Every time we see them, they are diligently working.

Harumi said...

Wow.. what a beautiful set of pics Rain. And you've captured my favorite insects too! You've highlighted their greatness and humbleness so well. ^__^