Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shoo, Fly

To photograph is to confer importance - Susan Sontag On Photography 1977
I was given permission to use this fabulous photograph by Terry Fischer. Pat Maples, creator of the Little Paper of San Saba (I am the movie critic), has forwarded some of Terry's work - birds, honey bees, etc, but this one caught my eye and I had to use it on the blog. So, thank you Terry for your keen lens.

Calliphoridae, aka bluebottles, greenbottles, and blow flies. The first known association of the word "blow" with "flies" is in Shakespeare's plays The Tempest, Antony & Cleopatra, and Love's Labour's Lost (info courtesty of Wikipedia).

Flies, literature - this blog has it all.

A divine power is at work in the sensation of the meanest insect as well as in the brain of a Newton - Voltaire  1764


  1. Flies are disgusting creatures. The only thing remotely attractive on them is their bluish color.

  2. They may be pests when they zoom into my kitchen but they look beautiful on this photograph.

  3. A couple of years ago there was an explosion in the fly population in my local area - it was tiring! It's very hard to make a sandwich AND bat away the flies at the same time!