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Project 52, Week 1 of [Twenty-Twelve], I was hunting for a good macro image... I took some shots of our trees, looking up the trunk toward the sky. I got some interesting perspectives. Then I looked down and saw some abandoned ant piles. I knew they weren’t fire ants due to the formation of the nests, and upon further examination, I discovered they weren’t abandoned at all. The tiny red ants were so small, they were barely visible to the naked eye. I can tell you that I got a little shiver of anticipation as I slowly laid down on the ground in front of them.

This is when I wish I had the 105mm instead of the 60mm or at least some extension tubes. It was near dusk, so I had to crank up the ISO. I tried to stop down on the aperture, but had to open it back up to keep my shutter speed fast. They little guys move so fast! I didn’t get the perfect shot I had in my head, but I’m pretty happy with this capture. I wish I could give you some scale on how small this little guy is. The leaf in front is from a pear tree, so it’s maybe 2 inches long. The ant couldn’t even be 0.5mm long. I was amazed by how translucent his head appears and the cilia on his abdomen.

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