A mayfly, in longform

Many writers have taken to longform blogging, whereby they use the online medium to pen deeper missives than space-constrained print outlets allow.

I am not a writer. However, I suppose we photobloggers should keep up with the times. Thus, I bring you longform photoblogging:

Heptageniidae - Urbana, Illinois

I’d do more of these long thin photos, but first I need to find some snakes, or earthworms, or maybe a stick insect.


photo details:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/200 sec
diffuse strobe for backlighting

11 thoughts on “A mayfly, in longform”

  1. I think this every day but just now typing it . . . THANK YOU for sharing your art, humor & entomological enthusiasm. Your beautiful photos and love of your subject matter (which I happen to share though I am a complete layperson) are a huge gift in my days.

    1. I have Tapinoma trailing across my bathroom floor at the moment. But, I’m afraid at what a macrophoto in that habitat would reveal about our housekeeping skills.

  2. Gordon Snelling

    Wonderful Alex, I think centipedes should fill the bill provided you can slow them down. But sandgropers are totally cool.

  3. Brian Spitzer

    An ichneumonid (sting extended) would also be rather longform.

    Should pictures of mayflies be referred to as “ephemera”? I think they should.

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