Ever since I was a child I would stare in wonder of many beautiful creatures of nature. I was fascinated by the natural world and imagined one day finding a new species of animal no-one had seen before and then sharing it with the world.
Never in my wildest dreams could I expect to find such a creature that could fulfil a childhood dream. In fact, I can only take some of the credit. One of my very first tour participants, Miziho from Japan, saw something very small on top of a rainforest plant leaf and said ‘What’s That?!’
We could see that it was a very small insect but details were too small for the naked eye. The lens Miziho was using wasn’t going to capture the tiny being, so I got a quick photo and noticed that it was an interesting little bug with intricate patterns. Being so small I realised that it was going to be a struggle to capture a decent image and I would have to come back with one of my extension tubes on my lens to get close enough to this tiny 3mm beauty. We continued on with the tour.
That weekend, I loaded up my images for the week I saw for the first time something that blew my mind! My initial photos weren’t great, but it sparked enough curiosity for me to go back to the same spot and try and find it again. I thought it was a long shot.
The next day, after pimping up my camera with the extension tubes, I proceeded to Bug Alley, one of my ‘goto’ spots in the Cairns Botanic Gardens. To my delight I found one again! No… wait. there’s more… and more… and more! OMG BugTopia!!!