dewdropoutThere’s another gout of photos coming shortly, but this one needed to stand on its own.

This morning was rather humid, and in chasing pics among the dew I came across this suspended drop. My initial images indicated I should take a closer look, and thus, we can now see the unfortunate nucleus of the droplet. Some species of flying ant had been captured by a spider, probably not too long ago, but its carcass served as a collector for the overnight dew. I was lucky enough to capture the focus point that showed not only some of the body details of the ant, but used the drop as a lens for the grasses beneath. Because of how a water drop acts as a lens, generally you can choose to have either the drop itself in focus, or whatever is being seen through it. While I would certainly want the grasses sharper had they been my primary subject, they work just fine for this, and even accentuate the ant – imagine all the different ways the grass could be facing. This was not at all planned (I should probably stop admitting things like that,) but tiny elements like this that can affect an image in subtle yet effective ways.

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