There's a notable difference between taking a look around, and actually seeing. When we walk outside, we might take passing notice of some bees buzzing about nearby flowers, or catch a glimpse of frogs trying to avoid notice in a boggy patch. But how many of us really get down in the dirt to look at the world from an insect's point of view? Ukrainian photographer + Vyacheslav Mishchenko has done just that, and has captured spectacular images of the little beings who share our world. Click through the gallery for a glimpse of the magical micro world Mishchenko sees through his lens.
People are often accused of anthropomorphizing non-human creatures when their actions “seem” to be similar to human activities, but is it really inconceivable that insects might think and feel the same things we do? What might a snail think when it sees its reflection in a bubble? Do dragonflies revel in the beauty of summer sunsets the way that we do?
Mishchenko’s photos inspire us to pause and consider the kinship we share with these little beauties, and perhaps with kinship lies greater understanding, respect, and even stronger conservation efforts.
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