January 4, 2014

Into the Swarm

Photograph by Michele Martinelli, National Geographic Your Shot

Oppression, interaction, collaboration. In the life cycle of nature nothing is lost, but the coexistence of different species is sometimes difficult. In Madagascar there periodically recurs the archaic antagonism between man and the migratory locust, in a circle of life where the two species [compete] for space and food for their survival. Here inside the heavy bag there are in fact locusts that the man caught during the day.

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50 comments
Shaila Shah
Shaila Shah

looks like an oil color, but eerie & sad......

Shannon T
Shannon T

The locusts make the background look like a painting that is wearing away.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

An excellent creepy photo captured with the light being infused with the locusts.

Francisca Vergara
Francisca Vergara

The light in this picture is just beautiful! Love the shot also!

Paola P.
Paola P.

Wow! Awesome and scary at the same time!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Hard to believe that such a horde of insects so spectacular to look at, can and do cause so much damage to crops around the world. A great shot FULL of detail that I enjoyed viewing  j.e.s. 

Miranda Liu
Miranda Liu

Nice picture and poetic caption! Men into the swarm, the swarming locusts.

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

What a beautiful photo! Ms. Martinelli managed to capture a scene that tells a beautiful story. I'm so glad to see this as photo of the day!

As a high school student with a love for photography, National Geographic always provides inspiration!

For those interested my work can be found here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/ 

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The Plague of Locusts!  One of the 10 biblical plagues of pharaoh's Egypt.


Looks like the people of Madagascar have found a way to adapt to a difficult situation.  If the locusts eat the crops, well then, eat the locusts.


But this one guy in the photo is way outnumbered by those swarms of locusts that are literally darkening the sky, much like the blizzard of snow here in Nova Scotia yesterday.

Asif Ahmed
Asif Ahmed

I have been to Madagascar, its such an amazing country, with such a distinctive flora and fauna. 

Mike Brown
Mike Brown

That probably will feed them and fertilize their garden!


Sherry Lefler
Sherry Lefler

Very cool.  (Then what happened...?  Are the locusts food?) 

Whenever one asks:  "Then what happened?" - I believe that to be a good sign it was good photo!

Lizzie B.
Lizzie B.

The fractured lighting caused by the locust makes it looks like an oil painting. Very cool.

Phạm Cường
Phạm Cường

What do you think about the pic's meaning  ? 

[achivements]


Emma Mason
Emma Mason

My beardie would think that she was in paradise

Quentin Lannoye
Quentin Lannoye

What a magic picture :) That is like a glimpse of heaven.

susan romano
susan romano

when i was a kid there was a huge locust plague. we would go out with tennis racquets and whack.. it was fun.. not sure now as an adult if i would like that.

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