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Don’t Do This

So the photo challenge word today is danger. I went through my photos to find something related and I thought of two different instances I consider dangerous.

My daily drive to and from work is usually 45 min to an hour one way. That’s a long time to be in the car. I don’t say I get distracted because it’s kind of hard to do that when you drive manual transmission but I sort of drift sometimes maybe? I essentially get caught up in the landscape and notice how beautiful it is and since my eyeballs don’t have photo snapping abilities I usually grab my phone and take a picture — yes, while driving. The second one was taken through my sunroof though doing traffic so I was mostly stopped when I looked up to take that one! I have no excuse for the first one… So, don’t do what I do. It’s dangerous to take your eyes off the road even if you’re looking at the road through a camera lens.

Now, I am not an insect person. If you read my misadventures in the shower, you know I have irrational feelings of vulnerability around insects. However, when photo opportunities arrive, I can’t resist. The reason I sort of fear bees is because I got stung in the neck once and it was very traumatic. Praying mantis’ (manti?) look like aliens so I felt that that alone justified my fear. I learned later that praying manti are the gentlest of insects and there’s nothing to be afraid of. They’re pincer legs look dangerous but it’s all show (for humans anyway). Bees on the other hand, their stingers can still be dangerous (especially if you’re allergic!) but since they’re on the fast track of becoming endangered, we need to do all we can to boost their numbers.

So there you have it. Don’t pic and drive and don’t kill the scary looking insects. Find creative ways to be safe and save the critters! (seriously, don’t take my advice on the former but definitely the latter :P)

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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7 thoughts on “Don’t Do This

  1. Mark Jacobs

    When I was in Portugal, I got my first look at an actual locust. Like a grass hopper but 4 times the size. They are incredibly strong too. I tried to pick it up by its legs and it easily pushed me away.

    1. Nel Post author

      Wow! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a locust but maybe their related to cicadas? We get those and they’re huge scary looking bugs.

  2. cwhiteweb

    These are lovely snaps! The reference to the misadventure in the shower, epic story, still makes me smile when I think about it! Not to laugh at your pain or anything, but it was hilarious! 😀 😉

  3. Keira

    I hate spiders and can’t deal with them myself, but when I get other people to take care of them they always kill them which makes me sad… like, put it in a glass and take it outside please? I definitely share a fear of insects!

    Naughty, naughty, using your phone whilst in the car although the second case is almost permissible. Pretty shots though.

    1. Nel Post author

      I really try not to kill spiders but if they’re in the shower with me, I’m sorry, it’s drowning, lol. And yeah I’m really bad about phone usage in the car. I usually limit it to red lights for picture moments of traffic if I can help it.

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