Surface Dweller

Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Innisfail, Australia

Artist's Description

Look closely and you’ll see a giant water strider on the surface of the still water (hint – X marks the spot at the end of the stick) and there are others less obvious. Located in a small creek environment amidst surface reflections of tropical rainforest surrounds.
Shot taken at the Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

About: Aquarius elongatus (Giant water strider) (Gerris elongatus)
(from interesting ref. links)

  • http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2003...)
    “Water striders can’t pierce the surface of a pond or stream otherwise they’d sink. Instead, the insects press down on the water’s surface, creating little dimples around their feet. These dimples act like the blades of an oar, generating swirling underwater currents that propel the insects forward. … Water striders are narrow, light-framed insects often seen in ponds, rivers, and lakes. Belonging to the family Gerridae, they are the world’s most advanced surface-dwelling water bugs.”

Photo-shoot details
Pentax K10D 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Ap.f3.5, ISO.100, F.L.18mm, SS.1/8sec
Raw file processed/edited via CS2
Natural state

Artwork Comments

  • John Fish
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  • Shylie Edwards
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  • Karen  Betts
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