iCrane Fly

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

What looks like the great north-wood’s huge cousin to our local mosquitos, is in fact another insect altogether. It is the crane fly and is relatively harmless. It doesn’t bite. For some species of adult crane flies, their lives are so short that they don’t even eat at all. Yesterday, I took this picture at the Laumeier Art Fair. Few of the artists at such fairs appreciate people taking photos of their work and some openly object to it. I respect these wishes. [Well, so long as my lovely bride is not posing in front of one of them.]

This crane fly was posing on the pedestal of one artist’s display and since I figured that he didn’t own any intellectual property rights to the fly, I took its picture. The photo is an iPhone photograph. I know that I am always railing against iPhone photography, because so much of it is crap, but I had some new toys to play with. A while back, I bought a 3-in-1 lens pack that works with the iPhone. A little plastic lens holder slips over the iPhone and holds the lens of choice in place. For $10 it actually works pretty well. There is a wide-angle, fisheye and macro lens in the pack. I used the macro lens for this shot.

Last week, I had heard on NPR about a low-cost, back-bush diagnosis regime for River Blindness. This disease is caused by very small worms. The diagnosis regime uses an iPhone and a strap-on microscope, similar in concept to my 3-in-1 lens set. On Amazon, they go for about what I paid for what I already have. I was almost ready to impulse buy one, when I decided that I should exercise some more what I already have, before I go out and get something new.

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