I wanted to photograph long-tongued flies while in Namaqualand, South Africa, a region north of Cape Columbine where wildflowers grow. The flys body is about an inch long, but its tongue is three times that. It flies around with its tongue curled up. When it finds a flower it likes, it uncurls its and sticks it down the flower. Bruce Anderson, my guide, took me to all of these great spots to find them, but no matter where we looked we couldnt locate a single one. Finally, we just gave up and started the daylong drive back to home base. Suddenly Bruce spotted the flies buzzing around some flowers on the side of the road. They couldnt have been in a worse place. They were zooming between flowers that were only about a quarter of an inch in diameter growing about three feet (one meter) from the edge of a highway. Big double-trailer trucks whizzed by us. I had a wild time trying to photograph flies that went out of focus every time a truck passed by.