The title may seem an inappropriate name for this image, but I believe it to be perfectly fitting. I saw this location from the highway and when I arrived at the shore I waded out into the water and set up my tripod to wait until the sunset. The place seemed dead. There was no breeze, no insects, no animals at all (save for some nesting Cormorants), and no sounds. This all changed as soon as the sun set, however. It suddenly came to life! There were bugs everywhere, more than I have ever seen in my life. My flashlight would illuminate them zipping all over. Spiders began making webs all over the trees. Bats were skimming over the water. Small fish were surfacing to eat the bugs that landed in the water while the larger fish came in to feed on the smaller ones. I have never witnessed a place with so much activity in my life.
About 5 minutes before I had to go retrieve my camera from the water, I saw one of the largest freshwater fish I have ever seen in my life. It was at least 3 1/2 feet long! Of course it was not looking to make a meal out of me, but knowing it is so close by when wading out into the water in almost complete darkness is definitely unnerving.
This shoot was definitely filled with surprises!
I want to thank you all for the very kind comments. I really appreciate the support from the Aminus3 community. Thanks everyone!
I also wrote a more detailed description of how I made this image. For anyone interested, check out my blog post at http://taylorfrantaphotography.com/?p=994.