We’re lucky to live in an area that doesn’t have too many bugs… at least the type of bugs that bug us.
We have insects:
… and we have arachnids:
But buggy bugs? Not so much.
I was at a loss when I saw that this week’s Sunday Still photo prompt was Summer Bugs, until I thought of my first car: a 1972, chartreuse, Volkswagen Super Beetle. I loved that car, not only because it was as cute as a bug, but because of the sense of freedom it gave me.
Although that car is long gone, I still love VW Bugs, as my photo archives will attest. Here are just a few pictures of VDubs that I have taken over the years while traveling.
Bugs found along Route 66
The Bug Farm in Conway, Texas has a permanent crop of five Volkswagen beetles planted nose-down in the ground. It is a parody of the more famous Cadillac Ranch in nearby Amarillo.
In Holbrook, Arizona, just down the street from the Wigwam Motel (yes, each “room” is shaped like a teepee, and, yes, we stayed there), is Kester’s Bug Shop. where they have bugs of unique shapes and sizes.
Bugs of Mexico
Vintage VW Bugs are everywhere on the streets of Mexico… some are in better shape than others.
These bugs were discovered in our neighborhood.
This week’s theme for Terri Webster Schrandt’s Sunday Stills photo prompt is Summer Bugs. See Terri’s photographs on her blog, Second Wind Leisure. If you have some favorite bug images, please join in!
132 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Summer Bugs”
VW Bugs are the best time of bugs! My sister-in-law has one of the new style ones, but I much prefer the classic, old style Beetles.
Although I was happy when they introduced the new bugs, I agree with you that the vintage ones are the best. It’s hard to improve on a classic!
I love your photos! The real bugs and the car bugs. Our first car growing up was a black bug from the 60s.
So many of us had bugs, didn’t we? They were the perfect car to get us around in style (well, at least a certain type of style 🙂 ).
They were a statement of style.
I love the photo of you and all the assorted bugs. Love!!
Thank you! I was so happy when I found that old picture of me with my beloved first car.
I drove a dark green ‘68 bug throughout the first half of the eighties. It was not an ideal winter car on the Canadians prairies where I lived at the time (six consecutive weeks of minus 40 weather in the winter of ‘82) because of the lack of a windshield defroster, as others have mentioned. I drove with an ice scraper in my hand and peered out through a five-inch hole. But I liked the car and was grumpy with my husband when he decided the bug wasn’t safe to drive and sold it for $300.
As I remember, my VW’s heater wasn’t the best. Here in Southern California, that wasn’t such a big problem. In a Canadian prairie winter, I can see that it would be rather uncomfortable 🙂
Bugs are cool cars. I guess you would be a fan of the Herbie movies. I was too.
Bugs were a part of my youth and have always reminded me of freedom.
Similarly, my first car epitomised the same thing -freedom
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