36 imagesPhotography has been the perfect way for me to capture my love for our earth and for all living things residing on this beautiful, spinning sphere. From the most massive of creatures to the tiniest of creatures, I strive to bring you a closer look into the world I see as I look through my lens.
23 imagesThe milkweed's miniature ecosystem caters to a diverse array of creatures. The long-horn beetle, milkweed bugs, swamp milkweed leaf beetles, honey bees, a variety of arachnids and so many bugs find shelter of food through this plant. The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) needs the milkweed (Asclepias) for its survival. Monarchs lay their eggs on the milkweed and their young feed on it. Milkweed is essential to the survival of this butterfly.. In my search for the Monarch, I've photographed many other creatures who inhabit this mini-ecosystem. Here is a closer look at the faces found on the milkweed. ~ Jen Marek