Roly Poly


I wonder, what do you think looking at this picture?  Probably “Sweet little girl is watching a hot air balloon fly by”? Wrong.  The sweet little girl is actually screening the ground for roly polies. She is very good on that.

When we are young, we want to know more about the world. We look in the heart of things and people seeking to recognize what they actually are; we thirst for detail. Eventually, we learn that things and people are seldom what they seem – still, we wonder.

Rob ThomasLittle Wonder


We notice and acknowledge big things, but it is the little things that hold our attention and feed our curiosity. Cognition and learning depend on our perception of little things.

Everybody has their own roly polies. Hope they are not worthless, mundane and selfish. Hope they are striking and very alive.

PS:  Roly Poly Armadillidium vulgare

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!


  1. Oh I love this! My daughter loves finding roly pollies- this summer she made many homes for them and loved on them then would let them back into nature- just as I did when I was a girl. How beautiful childhood is and precious! Thank you 💙💙

  2. Your little family member is precious and curious. She has a mind of her own, too. I like when children study anything and try to make sense of it. My “grandies” are what I call my grandkids, Inese. Is this Roly Poly seeker a grandchild?
    I like the setting with your pointing out she isn’t even looking at the hot air balloon, Inese.

  3. I love the way you highlighted the value and meaning of Little things here… Wonderful post!… All my best wishes, dear Inese. Aquileana 💞✨

  4. Hey, you’re right! There is a little girl and a balloon in this photograph! I was momentarily distracted by the gravel chippings and wondering whether they were loose or if they were embedded in some sort of substrate.

  5. That’s so true, it’s little thing that usually make me curious even until now 😀 What a beautiful connection of the image and the thought. Love this! Have a great weekend! ❤

  6. What lovely thoughts, Inese. You are so right about the little things. You’ve reminded me of a Napoleon Hill quote — “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
    I loved the photos too. Mega hugs!

    1. Thank you Sue! It is a pill bug, a tiny creature living in the moist, dark places 🙂 It belongs to the Armadillidiidae family and looks like a tiny Armadillo 🙂

  7. I had to look up roly polies to be sure that they were what we call “woodlice” in the UK. My son was obsessed with creepy crawlies of all kinds when he was little. He started up a club at school called the “bug club”!

    1. Oh that’s fun, Sarah! Roly polies are the pill bugs, and children love them since they cannot bite and look sort of cute. Not for me though 🙂 I have never touched one 🙂

      1. If you touch one, its reflex action is to roll up into a tight ball, hence the two nicknames you mention. So you’re not in any great danger of having it crawl at high speed up your arm like a spider would. Have a go. Touch a roly poly and watch it roll!

  8. This makes me think of my young ages. I remember that I was fascinated by small things too. You are right there were times that I wanted to know everything. I think now some of those feelings have been filtered out. It would be interesting to have such mind again 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! When I wrote this I actually had something else in mind, and I will write about it some day. Childhood is the most important part of life. I agree with you – if we preserved such mind, we would be all geniuses 🙂

  9. At first I thought she was amazed to see a strange object in the sky, but after reading I noticed that when kid I always was looking for plants or insects that seemed little, as if they were of my proportion… Thank you Inese, it’s almost a surreal photograph 🙂

  10. A wonderful weekend to you too, a great post and very clever start too 😉
    Take care, best wishes 😄

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