Determination

DSC_3386a(4 photos) I watched this mighty red ant for about five minutes as it struggled to drag this flower petal across the sidewalk.

DSC_0130aI didn’t know that ants collect flower petals. I’m pretty sure he’s not making a bouquet.

DSC_3408aI would have offered to help, but I didn’t want to get involved.

DSC_3394aNonetheless, I was exceedingly impressed by his fortitude and determination. If it were me, I’d have just gone and found something a bit more manageable.

 

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  1. Ants are fascinating creatures in their being so determined.

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  2. I actually do love watching ants. I confess I have many pictures of them.
    Thanks for your comment Pupazzovi!

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  3. It is a pleasure ….

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  4. It’s amazing how strong an ant is. Great pictures.

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    1. If I were as strong comparatively as this guy, I’d be a super-hero.
      Thanks Pamela for your comment!

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  5. Amazing creatures, it would be like us lifting a Volkswagon. Awesome macro!

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    1. He’s quite bulky in the back, shoulders & forearms, so that explains it!
      Thanks Eliza.

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  6. They are so strong and determined MK! A wonderful resilience we can all learn from. 🍁

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    1. I find that my pets and the creatures about me are a wonderful source of inspiration. Thanks Karen (and sorry for the slow reply… I’ve been a bit busy of late.)

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  7. Great ant pics again! Aren’t they just incredibly determined and single-minded creatures! We are fascinated by how they will travel about 30 feet, from the driveway all the way up to our kitchen windowsill to steal the squirrels’ sunflower seeds, or the husks, and then return with them to their nest. Sometimes they manage to drop a seed down a crack and some weeks later up sprouts a baby sunflower!

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    1. Who can begrudge the ants their small thefts! They’ve rightly earned it. I love it when I see a baby sunflower pop up from the seeds I’ve put out for the birds. My local creatures are some of my favorite friends. (and sorry for the slow reply… I’ve been a bit busy of late.)

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      1. We think the same way MK! 😊

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  8. The close up of the working ant is gorgeous. My favourite is probably the first one with a bit space around it and beautiful use of shallow depth of field (or maybe it’s done in post-production).

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    1. I also like the top photo, because it shows the little ant hoisting that giant flower petal off the ground. (I like the shallow depth of field too. Not done in post processing.) And then I like the last photo because it shows the little fellow making a great accomplishment.
      Thanks so much Otto.

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  9. Lindas fotos! Parabéns!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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    1. Muito obrigado, Ana!

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    1. Thank you Tim & Joanne! This little fellow put on quite an inspiring show.

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