Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

I found this community busy outside by my front steps. Hours later and lots of photos taken…only one image comes even close to making me happy. Well – no, not happy – but at least it shows what I was trying to do. Back to the drawing board I guess.

Ants - macro

And now…for something completely off track.

I read about this during the week, and would really like your opinion. People are pouring aluminum down ant hills to make art. With the poor old ants in residence.

I was taken aback to say the least…okay they may be ants…and at times they are annoying, but seriously. This is cruelty right ???

Here is a video of a scientist doing just that. It seems to me that even for science there must be better ways to study ants than to pour molten aluminum over them.

What do you think ????

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community


  1. Isn’t one cast enough? It looked like he had several of them hanging in his room or something. He also said this one was the best…I would like to know why one isn’t enough. You could actually see dead ants where they were holding the cast.


    1. I know…the finished mold was amazing but I can’t help thinking…imagine some giant came along and did that to us because we were tiny critters he couldn’t understand.


  2. Ooer….. I really like the photo, but I think there are many other ways of making art. (Not that I agree with all of those either) and as for science…….


  3. I can’t help thinking that pic of yours looks like termites, as cool as the pic is. I’m no bug expert, so whatever.
    P.S. The colony mold making? I also can’t help thinking there’s got to be a better way. I’m not a big fan of ants, but hey! Ouch!


  4. Good up-close photo, Jo. I do not like ants in my house…I leave them alone outside to do whatever it is they do. Pouring molten aluminum into the ant’s home is cruel!


  5. Good picture, but those poor ants! 😦 One mold should be enough! All life is sacred, even the lowliest of ants. I love science, but sometimes I think the price for the knowledge we gain is too high. *sigh*


    1. I can’t help but think that there are other ways to find all this stuff out these days. They can examine almost everything without destroying it and life, so just because it is ants…doesn’t matter. not good.


  6. Not an easy shot to get I’m sure Jo ! You persevered though which is great . Poor ants . Not keen on that idea to be honest .


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