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Feb 04, 2012 20:53 |  #1

We've had a lot of rain, and my backyard is flooded. The ants are in survival mode, with clusters of them forming floating "life rafts", while others cling to anything above water.

I don't own a macro lens, and instead worked with my nifty fifty, two-fifty, and 100-400L. I know the shots aren't the greatest quality, but I think they're interesting enough to post.

After trying to capture decent shots of this, I have even more respect for the photographers in the Macro forum.

There are some cool videos of this ant behavior on youtube. I may try to shoot some more stills and video if the sun comes out tomorrow.

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Feb 04, 2012 20:56 |  #2

interesting photos, thanks for sharing


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Feb 04, 2012 20:58 |  #3

Where's your gasoline and a match?


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Feb 04, 2012 20:59 |  #4

cool pics


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Feb 04, 2012 21:18 |  #5

you take the weed burner to them after the pictures? I HATE fire ants!


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Feb 04, 2012 23:09 |  #6

Makes my skin crawl.

+1 to the gas and a match.




  
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Feb 05, 2012 01:11 |  #7

Wow, that's awesome. I've never seen anything like that. Thanks for sharing!


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Feb 05, 2012 01:25 |  #8

Those are some GREAT behavioral shots there. Really like the colors and reflection in 4 and 5


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Feb 05, 2012 10:01 |  #9

Very unusual...cool shots!


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Feb 05, 2012 12:30 |  #10

You did a great job of capturing this behavior. Survivor is the fastest to the top, hmm corporate traits must be innate!


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Feb 05, 2012 15:23 as a reply to  @ Joe Ravenstein's post |  #11

Wow, way cool. Thanks for sharing.

Moral of the story: "Sucks to be at the bottom."


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Feb 05, 2012 15:52 |  #12

sandwedge wrote in post #13826911 (external link)
...but I think they're interesting enough to post.

I couldn't agree more! This is fascinating! Thanks for sharing!


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Feb 05, 2012 16:07 |  #13

Could have been great with a torch in a shot.

I remember those things in AL.


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Feb 05, 2012 18:54 |  #14

Great time to start an ant farm. I would have done the same thing...grab the camera first.


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