Since I can remember insects have fascinated me. My father was a high school science teacher and at an early age helped me to start a bug collection. I was given an insect identification book when I was in 1st or 2nd grade and I still have it although it is falling apart after much use. I think what fascinates me most about these tiny animals is the sheer diversity. Mammals all seem to follow a fairly similar body plan as do birds. Insects do not. And insects are everywhere. It is hard to find a place where they are not. Even in Alaska during our cold dark winters, I still find insects that come in on our firewood, warm up and start crawling around. Not only are they diverse, but they are hardy. Macro photography has allowed me to explore the diversity in a non-lethal way. I know that many insect photographers take the insects into a controlled environment, but I prefer to find them where they live. It does make it more challenging, but I also find it more enjoyable.
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