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The name Ephemeroptera is derived from the Greek “ephemera” meaning short-lived, and “ptera” meaning wings.

We have an increasingly accelerated relationship with time.

Thousands of flies fly incessantly back and forth over the surface of a pond. Living their short quick lives in a blur of motion, against the counterpoint of still water.

Watched carefully for a while. Something appears, something unnoticed. Something we missed … are missing.

As prominent German environmental thinker Wolfgang Sachs believes ‘we need an aesthetic of slowness’.

In a world dominated by fast technology we ourselves have become scanners, rather than delving towards a deeper understanding. We look but we do not see. We need to regain a slowness. We need to take time, to connect, to balance, examine, reflect, become aware, and experience things with a new clarity.