• Giant Water Striders
    Cushion lightly
    Telltale dimples
    On the surface of still waters
    In a small creek environment
    Amidst surface reflections
    Of over-towering tropical rainforest surrounds.

Located at the Flecker Botanical Gardens, Cairns, Tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

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 via CS2
Natural state.

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

  • 1) 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.”


nature, surreal, water, air, in between, aquatic, giant water strider, surface dweller, aquarius elongatus, creek, pond, insect, bug, natural environment, surface, facade, patterns, dimples, camouflage, shadows, reflections, palm leaves, palm trunks, twigs, green, blue, sky, rock, light, tropical, far north queensland, australia, flecker botanical gardens, tropical rainforest, in the tropics, contrast, dark, kerryn madsen_pietsch, 2011 06 15, pond skaters, mirror images, upside down, looking down

My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
My Facebook Art Page

View Full Profile


  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwards12 months ago

    brilliant image!!

  • Thx Shylie. XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder9 months ago

    Well taken

  • Thankyou kalaryder.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait