As I focused in on a branch of Larch Cones, I began to notice a lot of ant activity. I had just walked by an ant mound an figured they had an interest in these trees. It wasn’t until I played with a 1:1 ratio (my way of gauging picture quality) crop that I realized the ants were milking black aphids. The Aphids looked like bark to me. So here you have my severely cropped macros and the Larch cones too. Just goes to show that when you stop and look awhile you never know what nature will reveal to you.