When I was about five years old or so I got really mad at God. I couldn’t understand why in the world he had created bugs, I was sure that we would have been just fine without them. Then we were taught some basic circle-of-life facts and I was disappointed to discover just how essential bugs are to the planet. I’ve been tolerating them ever since then, but I still wasn’t a fan. It wasn’t all that long ago that I’d have bet money that I’d never take an insect photography class. But that was before I found the classes offered by Creative-Nature-Photography.com. So guess what I did today, half to improve my photography skills, and half because I enjoy the group? Yes, a nature hike in search of bugs, and it was fun, but hot, hiking at a nature preserve called Big Pine. Another hiker said that he saw two rattlesnakes and a wolf, but thank goodness we only saw bugs. Here are a few who were particularly cooperative, I thought they were pretty photogenic.