Sunday, October 17, 2010

Empididae 舞虻

As I go further, though not reaching the Cretaceous period which was 144--65 millions years ago, I learn that Empididae is one of the insects that found entrapped in an amber.

And now we were here at Cerok Tokun. It did not tell me the stories that long lost during evolution. My imagination travelled along with those told by men: they rode on Pterosaurs that flew along with birds resembling loons, cormorants, pelicans and sandpipers. And they danced with the same moon, sun and stars that we never miss to see day in and day out.

They perched on grasses and ferns, and the later lived more than 300 million years ago and were at their height during the Carboniferous Period.

They continue their journey, and we happened to meet each other at this moment.

I found myself surrounded by a vast history.

24 comments:

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Beautiful shots. Amazing with the first picture this creature is still airborne isn't it?

Sharodindu said...

Very nice post with beautiful shots and lines :)

wenn said...

interesting..

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

The empididae admired you very much, you got his front features in details:). He/She is trying very hard to be airborne and not flapping its wing very much.

Kilauea Poetry said...

That's ancient- but your photos are fresh and dreamy Rainfields..
excellent and inspiring macros here!!

Diane AZ said...

Fascinating post, Rainfield! I'm glad you had that meeting with the Empididae. :)

Icy BC said...

Fascinating Empididae! Oh and the last shot is just gorgeous..

Grass said...

This sounds mysterious...:-)

Ginnymo said...

You always get some amazing photos of such little creatures. These are weird looking and so ancient.

betchai said...

wow, the pictures are so vivid, showing the amazing details, great shots rainfield.

Webbielady said...

The twirling structure of the 3rd photo is amazing.You shot it so good.

eileeninmd said...

Another great post and zmazing macro shots, Rainfield!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

We think the creatures from prehistory are so odd, but we have a lot of them right here.

George said...

These macros are amazing. You've done a wonderful job with these.

Ben and Carrie Cook (McAtee) said...

Fascinating blog....as Wildlife Biologists, we really appreciate the photos (Super super macro!)as well as the details explanations....glad to have stumbled across your site via the Nature Blog Network and happy to follow your adventures - We're new to the Network too...

www.benandcarrietracks.blogspot.com

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely macro!

CH said...

I think I have to buy a camera in order to talk to you.

yen said...

those macro shots are fantastic

Frieda said...

These pictures are stunning! Congratulations for taking them.

fufu said...

damn... i wanna follow you to discover the mother nature :)

Ann said...

I am teaching my young students mini beasts. I took them round the school compound, and found soem spiders.

ruthi said...

wow... simply amazing. great detail so vivid so sharp. thanks for sharing.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Rainfield, Excellent shots with such crisp detail. The last one is AMAZING!

Harumi said...

Wow.. what a cool name. That story about amber reminded me of Jurassic Park.. prolly this lil critter is a cousin of that mosquito, you never know. =D

And wow again for your wonderful macros and interesting scientific account, that took us on an exciting time travel. ^__^