I was talking the other day with fellow photographer Steve Gingold, who recently re- posted a photo that he’d presented back when his website was quite new, to share with folks who had joined him later and likely hadn’t seen it before. This set me to thinking, and I decided to delve back to way before I started blogging with WordPress. I found myself in the summer of 2000, shortly after I had bought my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 950, as I recall. It boasted a maximum resolution of two megapixels and I seem to remember recording my first images on a 4-megabyte memory card. This is a photo that I made in the ferny woods of northern Minnesota. I was walking on a trail that I was carefully crafting through the underbrush and I still clearly remember when this small white moth flitted past my ear and continued on within sight for another dozen yards or so and landed on a beautiful fern. I followed it very carefully and was amazed that I was able to get close enough to capture some considerable detail.
I had a full black-and-white darkroom at the time, but fell in love with the digital world immediately and (almost) never looked back, except to scan and preserve digitally my favorite negatives, slides, and prints. This has remained one of my favorite images, and it’s high time that I share it. I’m not sure of the definitive ID, but my faithful entomologist buddy thinks that it likely belongs in either the Noctuidae or the Geometridae fanily. Click on the photo for a (slightly) higher-resolution image.