Aesop’s Moral

Thumbs Up! by Mike Melnotte

Do you remember the story that went something like this…

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew…

It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

Now, this story has been a round for quite some time and while the moral remains the same the ending has changed.  There are two different endings to this story, one has the little old grasshopper dying of hunger and exposure.  The second ending is a bit more compassionate, the ants invite the grasshopper in for dinner, warmth, and with the grasshoppers help, a little song and dance.  Whichever way you prefer the story to end, remember the moral of the story, work must come before play.

As photographers, we’re lucky.  We work a lot to capture that perfect image, but at the same time, it’s play.  Photography is fun, whether or working or just taking the day to fool around.  We can work while we play, and play while we work!

Below, are some amazing JPG shots!  Work was put into these images and the award you can plainly see are visually stunning pictures.


You definitely shouldn’t work your life away, but you can’t play it away either.  Find a passion like photography, so every day is a work of art!

What’s the Moral of Your Story?

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