Okay-okay, this awesome little creature is actually the spotted tussock moth caterpillar. It is colloquially known as the yellow woolly bear to emphasize its furry cuteness. But I've decided to make it into a patriotic Russian insect and name it after the St. George ribbon. This is my blog, after all! ;)
There I was trying to do an end-of-summer minimalist macro series...only to get "photobombed" by an ant. An ant!
That's right, not only do these creatures have fascinating social structures and can carry 50 times their body weight, but they also manage to mock humans.
Well, maybe just me.
All these things comprise this weekend's hiking.
How lady-like, huh?
That is, if you ignore the fact that the oversized puppies slobber excessively...
...that picking wild strawberries likely depleted the bears' supply (a little),
...and that the butterfly was a giant horned and furry moth (but an adorable one, nonetheless).
Not bad for a set of unplanned smartphone photographs!
Sorry, couldn't help myself.
I am pretty pleased with the lighting here—it makes the ant look like transparent amber—even though I didn't photograph this image anywhere near sunset.
Tonight's microcosm and macrocosm side by side: one was in front of me, the other--behind.
I just hope my darling mother isn't looking at this blog at the moment. She's got a serious case of butterfly phobia, and my photograph of this adorable furry moth simply wouldn't (BAD-PUN WARNING)...fly!