We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
Perhaps I should title this 'small flies' as there are a number of tiny flies (fruit flies, for example) that are much smaller than these. We have an area that holds a bit of water and that, of course, attracts all kinds of bugs. I was just glad that they ignored me and kept to the water.
The above are all tight crops.
Below is the 'close up' shot I took of the last one. It was a real trick to get them in focus.
Amazing how they can 'float' on the water. A good example of water's surface tension.