I was just in Washington D.C. to experience the 17-year Periodical Cicadas, which I remembered so vividly from my childhood. I'm no nature photographer, in fact I shoot about two color rolls per year and generally live a nature-free life in NYC. But I thought I would risk ridicule over on the Leica board by posting a few amateurish pictures of the bugs that happened to land on me while in D.C. In case you don't know, D.C. is the epicenter of an astounding biological explosion every 17 years, when several TRILLION of a unique species of insect, which has been living under ground since being born during the previous emergence 17 years before, crawl out of the ground, molt, and fly around mating and singing. The numbers are simply astonishing: just for a few weeks, D.C. and the surrounding areas are overwhelmed with bugs -- trillions overall, 1.5 million per acre on average, which means a virtual carpet of insects on your house, trees, car, and (to the chagrin of the squeamish) body. They are so loud (one insect can hit the same decibel level as a power lawnmower) that you have to shout over the din. The insects have no defensiveness whatsoever, and are always willing to be handled (or photographed). Scientists come from all over the world to study and enjoy the event, and a lot of people travel there to eat the bugs, as supposedly the are the best-tasting insects around (and you only have the chance every 17 years). Anyway, they are still around for a few more days, and I recommend seeing them if you can -- it's unforgettable.