We haven’t had a particularly cold winter in Tucson, but I’m still looking forward to the end of the season and the beginning of Spring because that means we can start taking some excursions to create images of little critters so tiny one needs a macro lens to capture them, like this half-inch long grasshopper nymph I photographed in Gardner Canyon last year.

He’s a cute little guy, but has a bit of a perturbed look on his face, doesn’t he? I think of the well-bred, pompous, over-educated grasshopper in the film James and the Giant Peach  when I look at him. At one point in the film when the grasshopper is speaking with the un-educated and rather slobbish centipede, he says: “This is an outrage! You are a disgrace to your Phylum, Order, Class, Genus and Species!” (to which the Centipede responds: “Say it in English”) Grasshopper: “YOU, sir, are an ass!”

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