Big things come in small packages

One of the great benefits of working with Jessie is I get to see wildlife from her perspective.  This has me generally looking for small, macro-sized critters. As you can tell from our abundance of macro photography and video, we are both pretty excited by things small.

One of Jessie’s favorite places to hunt tiny things is around lights, especially at campground bathrooms.  I spotted this boring gray insect and snapped a few shots with a canon 5D mk III with 100mm macro and a 25 mm extension tube.  I love using extension tubes and keep them perennially attached to my macro lenses.  

The results of the shots were quite a surprise.  The blister beetle is a wonder to behold, all covered in fine gray hair-like structures.  Not one out of place.  And its compound eyes are stunning.  

For you wildlife lovers out there, be sure to look for things on the small side.  Carry a magnifying glass or use the macro setting available on most cameras to take a look at another world!

-Ray Matlack 


2 thoughts on “Big things come in small packages

  1. Jesse and I have that in common: I’m a lover of the little guys. Public restroom stops are a favorite place to look for bugs. We saw our first ant lion adult on a road trip to Yellowstone at a rest stop. What tipped me off? ANOTHER bug person stooping and obviously looking intently at something SMALL. We talked for several minutes about insects before reluctantly going on our way. We bug lovers are easy to spot, if you know the signs, but there aren’t that many of us. 😀

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