Dedicated to cicadas, the most amazing insects in the world.
This is as adult as it gets for Magicicadas.
Another great photo from Roy Troutman (who I apologize to for the crop job on his original photo).
I use a Canon SD900 in macro mode most of the time. Full sunlight or flash pictures in manual mode on -2 exposure usually get the best results.
What kind of camera are you using?
Can you imagine their ecstasy?! Living underground for 17 years in complete darkness, relatively little sound, extremely limited mobility, certainly no sex, etc. Then they burst into the open, FLYING, fresh air, a world of light and color … and the sounds – especially the cadence of thousands of their own mating songs! And they are natural Buddhists – certainly no abstractions or apprehensions between them and their new ecstasy! Would that our lives will end so!!
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