Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I's Eyes

I've noticed something since I've been trying to take pictures of insects with my camera. They don't like cameras. It seems to me that they see the lens as a big eye and take evasive action, it's very frustrating. a little while ago I found an interesting moth on the sidewalk that was having a hard time with the wind and didn't have anywhere to get away so I managed to get some really awesome close ups.
If you click on the pictures you will be able to zoom in a bit. Have a look at the eyes. There is a black spot in them that looks like an iris that seems to follow the camera lens.

Now as far as I know these creatures have compound eyes and see everything as a multi-faceted image simultaneously. I'm sure some entomologist will be able to explain these strange images to me but for the life of me it looks like the moth is following the lens with it's eyes.
I've noticed this spot in other pictures I've taken but this is the first time I've been able to get so close and to get so many images. It's an interesting looking moth but now I find just looking at it's eye fascinating.
What are your thoughts? Have you too found that photographing insects a little frustrating and do you have any images like these where you can see the eyes so clearly? I think things like worms and snails have a different type of eye, not compound but simple, it seems like it is the flying type that have this type of eye.
Now cats have eyes with a vertical iris. I think that they see in light that is polarized in the vertical plane. Of course I'm totally open to correction on all these observations that I've made so don't be shy to correct me if you have a better understanding.
Dogs on the other hand have an iris very similar to ours, round. They also move their eyes in their heads in much the same way that we do. next time your dog is lying down speak to him and see how he will move his eyes without moving his head. Cats however will move their whole head. When a cat is just observing the world you may notice that their whiskers are wide open and their ears are faced to the side but the moment they see something that catches their attention their whiskers go forward as do their ears. Everything seems to focus where their teeth are pointed. Dog's whiskers and ears don't do this. I've been told that dogs see things in a single plain, personally I think this is nonsense. If you see things only in two dimensions, why do you need two eyes? They may see in monochrome but in only two dimensions? I don't think so.
Our eyes I'm told are very complex allowing us to see not only in 3 dimensions but across a whole spectrum of colours. I'm not sure how much more complex our eyes are in relation to those of other creatures but this much I do know: God has given us this clear liquid that allows light to be perceived by our brains and this to me is the most amazing thing. Just think about it. How amazing is it that we can actually see not only our immediate environment but to incredible distances. Absolutely amazing.
God is amazing and so is his creation, beyond comprehension actually, no matter how you look at it.

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