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I’ve always been fascinated with macrophotography, and the blog macrocritters portrays it beautifully…with bugs! The expert images showcase surreal and brilliant visions of everyday critters. It takes me back to the days of pouring over National Geographic’s (real) ‘zines, worried if I would ever encounter one of their larger-than-life buggies on our little South Pacific Island.


Yesterday I finally had the chance to head off with a net to a nearby slough to collect some more pond critters to photograph. I was specifically looking for either backswimmers (family Notonectidae) or water boatmen (family Corixidae)—and of course I didn’t find any of either. That’s pretty typical; it seems like I rarely find the species I am actually searching for…but I almost always find something of interest to photograph.

At the slough there were a lot of water striders (family Gerridae) dancing around. These are predatory insects that have the interesting ability to run on the surface of water. They are common on ponds and other still bodies of water. There are about 1700 species in the family. It occurred to me that I had never taken any really good pictures of these critters…so I scooped-up a mid-sized specimen and brought it home to play with. In retrospect…

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  1. #

    AWESOME!  I love your new camera.

    August 20, 2012
    • Hee!!! This IS awesome… But it’s not mine! It’s from a fellow blogger who specializes in macrophotography — something I’ve only played with.

      August 20, 2012
  2. Thanks for reblogging this! I never might have seen it otherwise! Now I have another great blog to check out, too!

    August 20, 2012
    • Absolutely! I’m glad to share… His work is amazing; I wish I could learn macrophotography on this level.

      August 21, 2012
  3. Val #

    I believe that’s what we call a pond-skater. 🙂

    August 22, 2012
  4. My word – that is fantastic! Love it.

    August 30, 2012
    • They’re completely amazing captures, aren’t they? I wish I could photograph these guys (shiver!)… 🙂

      August 30, 2012
  5. I have always had a special place in my heart for these wee creatures. Excellent photos!!

    August 30, 2012
    • Aren’t these images amazing? I wish I could photograph such critters!

      August 30, 2012
      • I have seen your work… I am sure you could!

        August 30, 2012

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