Looking down on the day of the eclipse

Having had a lot of luck shooting the last two lunar eclipses locally, this time around I ventured to Yosemite, one of my favorite places to wander and photograph. Unfortunately the day and night of the eclipse were consistently overcast, and our careful planning yielded only one rather dim shot of the celestial event. However, the clouds provided good conditions for exploring macro photography, and so from a day when I’d hoped to fix my eyes on the wonders of the sky, I instead present to you a gallery of things small, low to the ground, and beautiful all the same.

The orange bugs are the larval stage of milkweed bugs, pictured here on (surprise) milkweed pods, which they feed on and collect toxins from, much as monarchs do.