Ansarov began bringing interesting insects into his living-room studio. Then he challenged himself to photograph as many living "bugs and critters" as he could. Of the more than 100 insects and small animals he's photographed since, he found nearly all in his own backyard -- from an old home in Virginia, now in Florida. They include a hedgehog, a snapping turtle, and the bluejay we featured in Backstory (October 2008). Just recently, he shot bugs on the road in Poland. "It reminds you how much beauty is underneath our noses," he says.