Tuesday, June 28, 2011

bat's mouth

Bat, bat, come under my hat
and I'll give you a piece of bacon,
and when I bake, I'll give you a cake,
if I am not mistaken.

english nursery rhyme

bats have both fascinated and stricken fear for like ever. my family belongs to the bat loving group - one member of the family has even adopted the bat as her animal totem and sports a small, attractive, edward gorey-ish bat tattoo on her wrist.

the origin of many nursery rhymes is quite interesting - several years ago chris roberts examined the meaning and stories behind some of our most enduring nursery rhymes and found that many nursery rhymes are quite dark and there are some very sinister and unseamly stories behind the rhymes. roberts shares what he found about the complex history behind the rhymes in his book heavy words, lightly thrown: the reason behind the rhyme (2004).

roberts doesn't deconstruct the meaning behind the bat rhyme above and from what i've read elsewhere the meaning of this nursery rhyme is fairly straight forward. bats often enter homes through the chimney of a house, seems that at one time and in some places, it was a common practice to hang smoked meat like bacon in the chimney, and for some they believed the bats were come down the chimney to get at the bacon. although the belief isn't accurate about bacon loving bats the inspiration has created a whimsical little rhyme!

bat's mouth performed by the talented and ever ethereal bat for lashes (aka natasha khan)

photo: little brown bat hanging around sister annie's house, virginia, june 2011


Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that is an amazing shot, Kim! Some boy in my 2nd grade class had a pet bat and brought it in for show-n-tell. Other than that, I only see them in the sky at night.

Roy said...

Nice shot, Kim! Although I'm always a bit wary seeing a bat in daylight; a nocturnal animal notoriously subject to rabies seen in daylight always makes me more than a bit cautious.

Dumdad said...

Something mystical about bats. When I was a boy and lived in the country we would sometimes get bats in the house. They moved so quickly it was sometimes hard to find them. Usually we found them stuck to curtains and I would gently pick them up and take them outside. Once we found a bat behind a painting in the hallway!

Tess Kincaid said...

What a wonderful capture. This looks just like the little brown bats we have at Willow Manor. They like to circle my head when I go for my evening walk.

Kate Hanley said...

I had always heard that Ring Around the Rosy referred to the plague "ashes ashes we all fall down" I wonder if it's true. As for bats, it's a nice picture but they do freak me out a bit.

California Girl said...

agree w/ Bets & Roy, it is a super shot...and in the day time!

I'd never seen a bat til we lived in Virginia. We were out to dinner in the country one night at a famous old inn. After the meal, we strolled outside and the air was suddenly a flurry. My husband told me it was bats. I was so surprised. Once I found out they eat mosquitos and other nasty biting insects, I was in love.

Watson said...

Bats are marvelous. If they weren't around, we'd be overcome by blood sucking bugs.

Awesome photo Kimy

karen said...

Creepy little creature...guess I'm not a bat person. They give me the heebie-geebies. But nice photo though.