Tiny Ecosystems

There is a tendency among hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to seek out spectacular views and sightings of large animals such as moose and bear.  Sometimes, however, it can be fun to focus on the tiny dramas that are playing out all around us, courtesy of insects and arachnids.

 This was taken in my yard.  I love the way it is clinging to the blade of grass.

Dragonflies are one of my favorite insects and are critical in controlling mosquito populations.  This was near Abol Bridge.

This spider was slightly smaller than my hand, and did not seem happy to have his picture taken.  This was also near Abol Bridge. 

The gold specks on this bee are pollen from the dandelion.  This was also from my yard.