Showcase 2021 Winner: Lea Foster

“How Sweet It Is,” Photo of an Ant Feasting on a Nectar Bubble, Lafayette, Indiana, 2021 Showcase, Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other  ©Lea Foster
“How Sweet It Is,” Ant Feasting on a Nectar Bubble, Lafayette, Indiana, 2021 Showcase, Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other ©Lea Foster

Artist’s statement

In a small section of my landscaping, I have yellow ground flowers that produce nectar, thus attracting many varieties of pollinators, as well as aphids and ants. While lying flat on my stomach on the ground to photograph the insects, I noticed an ant among the flowers, resting on a blade of grass. Through my macro lens, I could see the ant was drinking from a tiny droplet (nectar or possibly a droplet of water). As I positioned myself at different angles, I realized I could capture the flowers refracting into the drop, which I think makes an interesting and unique image. I have never been able to capture a scene similar to this, so this image is quite special to me.

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