"Mysterious and little-know organisms live within reach of where you sit. Splendor awaits in minute proportions."
E. O. Wilson
I spend most of my time photographing the small things in the forest. My macro lens opens up a whole new world of amazing plants and sometimes the creepy things. You don't need to go to the Amazon forest to see exotic species. Nature is full of exotic species in your own backyard even if they aren't cute and cuddly.
I first noticed these creatures when I photographed some moss on a wet rock. Looking a the images on the computer revealed tiny species on the rock. I've never been able to get a good image of these bugs with my camera set-up, but now I know they are there and I am always looking.
We have rain coming this week after four months of almost no rain. Like the moss these creatures can and will rehydrate with this moisture and life in the forest, on the smallest of scales, will continue. There is so much I have yet to discover in the forest. I could spend a year examining one small area and still not see all that is there.
Next time you stop to rest when hiking take a moment to examine where you are sitting. Move some leaves and see what you can with your naked eye. Pull out a magnifying glass to help bring the exotic to life before your eyes. Whether you look at the big picture or the smallest of the small, I hope you never stop looking and discovering awe.
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Chery Day is a photographer and writer that spends a lot of time in the woods.