Bugs are Everywhere

Even up on the shoulders of Mt. Rainier, on, of all things, pussy willow.

I drove up onto the shoulder of Mt. Rainier today for some fun photography. I took many images of the mountain, but as I was packing up, I noticed this plant. Then I noticed the bugs. Nothing about it is familiar, but at the same time, everything about it is familiar. Spring is happening at every elevation right now, at least as high as life can manage it in the increasingly cold and rare air.

Google was kind enough to identify this as pussy willow; it has sprung up in a clear-cut amidst all the stumps and destruction.

Technical info: I just used the lens I had on the camera at the time, the 240mm. I shot at f/8 and 1/1000th of a second, ISO 50 (default for the Phase One XF camera). This is a tiny crop of the full shot; I think the little bug deserves center stage.