Welcome to my second CygnusTech blog entry on Aussie Macro Photos! This submission will focus on my first trip to Cairns, Queensland. The local home of Bridgette, whom this website belongs to.
I have been to Queensland a couple times as a musician but never as a macro photographer, and never as far as North Queensland. I was invited by one of my diffuser clients, Maurice Allan to tag along with him and share accommodation for a weeklong trip focused entirely on looking for rare insects. How could I say no? There was a slight hiccup at the airport and Maurice’s ticket was denied at the terminal due to overbooking. So, I boarded the plane myself and arrived in Cairns a few hours later. When I stepped off the plane I was hit with what I call “the Malaysian uppercut”. It’s the type of intense humidity I’ve only experience when travelling to Southeast Asia for macro photography. It’s overwhelming. You can taste the water in the air. Within minutes I was drenched in sweat. I just knew it was going to be prime weather conditions for an abundance of wildlife.
I picked up my luggage bag off the carousel and met Bridgette out the front of the airport. We went straight to the Cairns Botanic Gardens which were just as I predicted…teeming with wildlife! A short walk revealed hundreds of species I’ve never before. I was in paradise!
After just a week there I ended up with over 5000 shots. Here are a small handful of highlights.
First up is a quite common Omoedus swiftorum jumping spider in the garden, but was my first experience seeing one. That goes for all the subjects I will be posting. This spider feeds predominately on green tree ants and can be found near their folded leaf nests waiting for a sole ant to venture into their vicinity.