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Ever wonder what it’s like to be so small you could drown in a single raindrop? 

"Minefield" (Bug on Backside of Monkshood Leaf) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/160s, ISO 320, Built-in i-TTL Balanced Fill Flash


  1. Wow – cool shot !!!!

    • Thank you, Melanie! HAD to do something with all this rain!

      • Oh – I can relate – I took a lot of rain pics when it was coming down here !!! LOL

  2. Oh no! Poor little bug. I hope s/he wasn’t washed away by a raindrop.
    That little bug looks so cute!!! You need some extension tubes to get a nice close-up of it.

    • EH, the bug is fine. No drownings today! 🙂

      I do have extension tubes…rarely use them. Might be time to dig them out. In this photo I’m glad I didn’t get closer as I kinda like the whole rough-terrain-with-water-traps landscape thing that is going on. And this bug is tiny and s/he moved quick!

      • Thank you, Consuelo! I must say, the insects have been most accomodating lately! 🙂

  3. Beautiful Photo, I love this shot, so nice, crisp, and clean too, the little bug certainly adds to the scene as well. 🙂

  4. its a dangerous world. lol.
    good shot

    • Ha! Yes, I suppose so but at least we don’t have to worry too much about raindrops – phew! 🙂

      Thanks! 🙂

  5. that’s cute. Hope he didn’t get drowned!

    • No worries, Jan. (Well, at least no drowning occurred when I was shooting!) 🙂 And for all I know, this little guy might be an excellent swimmer – ha!

  6. Great sense of scale. What a hard life. At least he gets to be part of a great photo!

    • Thanks, Sean! I went outside during a (very) brief break in the rain specifically wanting to photograph raindrops on foliage because I see so many great foliage raindrop shots and for the life of me have not been able to get anything that I like (and I have tried). When I came upon the leaves of Aconitum carmichaelli (monkshood) I saw that one of the leaves was turned over and was amazed at how incredibly colorful the underside was (much more than the plain green top). Plus, the raindrops were refelecting light and became all these colorful irridescent orbs. So I started shooting and here comes this little bug! The whole scene changed in an instant to this strange landscape on a macro scale and I thought about what it would be like to be that bug. Strange, huh?

  7. Great picture – of a small fellow. I guess he feels like us when we are beside a deep lake or river- and COULD drop in it….

    • Thank you, truels! You are probably right! So even a tiny bug can feel, well, small! 🙂

  8. Looks like a landscape in some epic science fiction story. The bug is cute and adds scale and purpose.

    • Yes, I agree! Could be the opening scene… 🙂

      Thanks, Scott!

  9. very cool miniature landscape! i can imagine the epic adventure the little bug is going on. i think if the bottom right corner was cropped out we could sink even deeper into this tiny world, because it serves as a reminder that it is only a leaf, and there is a whole world when you zoom out. but regardless, very cool!

    • Thank you, Stephen! I am sure you could dream up some ‘epic tales’ for this little guy! 🙂

      I did think of cropping but decided in the end that I actually liked that pop of color in the bottom corner. The image seemed lacking without it. I really like how it ties into the reflected colors in the drops. Sort of grounds the whole thing.

  10. This is absolutely wonderful. It’s like a glimpse into a whole other universe.

    • Thanks, Amber! A whole other universe right here on earth…amazing, isn’t it? 🙂

  11. We have so much rain, I think I might know how the bug feels, don’t you?

    • Yeah, I could totally relate to the bug as I was getting soaked taking that shot!

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