the jig is up
Tags: bug portrait, having fun in the garden, heavy rain, in the herb garden, insect, insect fashion design, ladybug in a raincoat, moments in the garden, organic gardening, parsley, postmodern design, stylish rain gear for all, the consciousness of bugs, the Victory Garden
Remember how I was on the lookout for the postmodern-designer insect who’s taken up residence in the kitchen garden? And I was kind of worried about my sanity…
Well, now I can quit worrying. He revealed himself today during a break in the rain.
When I first glanced down at this little guy in the parsley, he was flexing his wings as though to fly. So I said to him, “Could you hold on just one minute so I can photograph you?” And then he got really still and waited for me to take his portrait. (I promise, I am not making this up.)
He wasn’t even disconcerted by my leaning down closer and closer — or by the flash.
But as the flash went off, I thought, “Oh, no, he’s trapped.” You know how some insects get caught in the tension in a water droplet and cannot get out? That’s what I thought had happened when his shiny shell caught the light. I was ready to free him however I could, perhaps by bursting the tension of the lingering raindrop, and leaned forward until my nose was inches from him. That’s when I realized who he was.
This bug is wearing a see-thru rainslicker. A designer mackintosh, if you will. Notice how it even has a matching rain hat. Did he make it from a discarded contact lens that fell out of our trash bin? I’m forced to consider the possibility.
And it’s such a professional cut! I might have to ask the bug to teach me to sew. (I’m starting sewing lessons with a human in October, Goddess willing, which I’m so excited about as I’ve wanted to learn for years — but I doubt if my human teacher has these kinds of skills! I mean these are mad skills! It’s practically form-fitting, but it’s not too tight.)
So the jig is up. Yep.