This photography practice that has
accelerated with my blogging is very fruitful in providing new and unique
perspectives and information. There is a
much observed and admired bat that lives between the shutter and the window,
right next to my bed. It is a very
difficult subject because the camera auto focuses on the window. Also, the lighting is challenging because the
flash reflects off the glass and there is low ambient light (or the bat
wouldn’t hang out there).
Turns out that this grey, fuzzy
everywhere bat, who I had been calling she for years, is a he. There is this tiny pink, hairless, appendage
in just the right location. He must be
having SOME dream. And who/what is the
strange attractor for this? I certainly
didn’t plan to go out and photograph that.
Hoping you are enjoying a good laugh…here are the photos, blurry as they
are. Maybe I’ll figure out how to do a
proper photo on a day when he is having sweet dreams again.
Bats are so very important to the
balance of an ecosystem, consuming vast quantities of insects. They are also necessary to the Sahuaro
cactus, feeding on the nectar of the May flowers and assisting in
pollination. They can catch insects in
three ways, in mid air when they are flying, gleaning them from vegetation, and
capturing insects off the ground. Bats
actually have decent vision, but since they evolved to hunt at night when there
are fewer predators about, they use echolocation in the dark. The sound they emit to locate is beyond our
Bats were important in the lives of early
Mesoamericans. Because they live in the
belly of the earth, in womb-like caves, and emerge every evening and ‘see’ in
the dark, they are a symbol of rebirth, intuition, and the ability to see
through illusion or ambiguity. Bat can signal
death of old patterns and rebirth into a new way of being.