Vembar is arachnid Middle Earth, the Narnia of critters and the First Foundation of all things many-legged. A sleepy village on the southern coast of Tamil Nadu, this is not the forbidding rainforest you figured that you might have to go to, hunting for critters. However, two days in Vembar have been my most productive as a macro photographer so far.
Above are a couple of pictures of the first dung beetle that I’ve ever encountered. See the long legs that they’re resting on? That’s actually the set the beetles use to roll their dungballs, using the short ones as if they are doing a hand stand. But lo! I close in with my camera, and there it flips, limbs stretched, all defensive, all possessive. Watching me with wary eyes (where are its eyes?!) lest I grab for its most precious treasure.
If Vembar is Middle Earth, then the dung beetle is freakin’ Gollum.
With such a shitty ring.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.0 at 1/200 second (both). Edited using Picasa 3.8.
Taken in December 2010 in Vembar along the coast of the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, India.
TDC apologises profusely for that incredibly painful pun and prays that no one gets the itch to tar and feather.