It's early days, still, but the temperature is rising, and a few ambitious bugs are patrolling the newly-drowned roots and debris.
Still testing the new lens, I examined the water, where I could reach it without sinking in the mud. I saw a few water tigers, the larvae of predaceous diving beetles, about 1/2 an inch long, the same colour as the mud and only visible when they moved. The camera couldn't find them; it's not programmed to notice biological movement, as our eyes are.
I was surprised to see a water strider; it's really early for these, but this was a very small strider, a youngster.
|This, the camera could see even when I couldn't.|
The surface of the water in some areas was covered with tiny, sparkly dots that I only saw when I downloaded the photos. I'm thinking they're probably more ostracods, like I found there a couple of years ago, in June. If there's another dry day soon, I'll go over with a magnifying glass to check them out.
And there were a couple of the small diving beetles, Acilius semisculatus. These swim smoothly and quite fast near the bottom (although in 2 inches of water, the bottom is near the top). Usually, I see them but don't get a photo; they're mostly gone by the time the camera focuses, so I was pleased that this new lens is so fast, even when I'm shooting from several feet away, through muddy water.
|Quick shot before he disappeared under the roots.|
|Test shot. Nothing there, I think; nothing but gravel and old plants under two inches of water.|