And now, a parable from my recent Australia trip.
One morning, in the forests of Cape Tribulation, I happened across a lovely stag beetle. I took it back to the cabin where I’d set up an insect mini-studio. My photography session did not go smoothly, however. The set was persistently interrupted by pesky Tapinoma melanocephalum ghost ants. These little insects occur nearly everywhere in the tropics, thriving in indoor environments. Characteristically, they were getting their little tarsi into everything, including my beetle photos:
The above photo was accidental. Yet it is my favorite from the session, far more interesting than any of the lone beetle shots. A lovely illustration of insect size differences, and one that should prove useful in the classroom.
Accidental photographs can contain gems. Had I deleted all my unplanned images in-camera, this shot would have slipped away.