Every spring a marvel of Nature unfolds on many of the rivers throughout the world. After having lived on the river bottom for years, some kind of alarm clock begins to beckon certain auqatic insects. Beautifully ugly stonefly nymphs migrate to the river's bank, crawl out of the flowing river and onto any rock or plant that will support their weight, and then turn from an insect that requires water for survival to an insect that breathes oxygen from the atomosphere. And if anything can be as ugly as the nymph, the adult stonefly fits the bill. I was able to participate in this annual ritual and capture what I believe to be on of the most beautiful of God's creations on camera. The details of this insect still mesmerize me as I admire them in this photograph.
Madison River, Montana