Ten years ago I bought my first digital SLR, a 6-megapixel Canon D60. I wasn’t good at it, but my lack of skill didn’t deter me from carrying the new camera all over California to photograph ants anywhere I could find them.

I still discover forgotten gems hidden among the archives. This 2004 photograph shows myrmecologists Brian O’Meara and Phil Ward on a collecting trip to Mojave National Preserve.