I started smiling when I read the introduction too Backyard Bugs, where Laughlin writes, "Sometimes I shot an entire roll of one bug, until Ifelt that I had gotten the best view, the best angle, a particular feature lit up perfectly, an iridescent part shining, a great profile. These are, after all, portraits of bugs." That sums the book up: It is a series of gorgeous photographs of backyard bugs taken by someone who loves them. Usually the scientific name is there with the bug, sometimes there is a brief description of its preferred food or housing, an occasionally there is a quotation from a book or poem. There is always a comment on where or how the Laughlin found the bug, and what she thought of it.
It is a work of art.