The Willow Haven {Fine Art Photography, Watson, Illinois}

  The huge Willow behind my house is a haven for insect life.  They LOVE that tree!!  I'm completely fascinated with insects.  I don't like them in my house or anything, but looking at them up close....enthralling!!  Yes, they look a lot like what we picture aliens looking like, but have you ever noticed the iridescence they all seem to possess?  So beautiful.  The butterfly is the only widely liked insect I think...dragonflies and ladybugs maybe too?  I'm proud to say I equally respect and am intrigued by all insects....except the cockroach and house fly.  I could do without those two.  Okay, and maybe mosquitos too. I'm human after all!

Just a few things that may convince you to like insects just a little more?

* They pollinate flowers, giving us beauty

* They pollinate crops which give us food.

* They give us honey and silk

* They decompose dead animals.  How nasty would it be without insects to do that??

* They're meals for tons of mammals, birds, frogs and fish.

* We use their bi-products for dyes and medicines.

* They're considered delicacies in some countries...okay, Ick.

...just a few, but there are a multitude of reasons why we need insects in our lives.  Without insects, it's expected that people would disappear soon after.  So next time you think about swatting an insect or spraying pesticide think about all the good they do?

Featured:  Cicadas, A Very Large Unidentified Bizarro Worm (I think it's going to turn into one of those beautiful moths I had all over the tree this Spring,) and one very talented spider that was maybe having bad dreams?

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.