Alaskan’s are anxiously awaiting the real immersion of summer, and it is very near in Fairbanks. Birds are abundant and their morning songs resonate in the boreal forest. This weekend, while walking through the forest I noticed this insect, some sort of lady bug (anybody know the species?). I thought it was an appropriate indicator of the season. I took it laying on the ground using a bean bag with a 100mm macro lens and 50mm of extension tubes.