The pandemic that began in 2020 obviously created many challenges and hardships for all of us. However, it also afforded me the rare opportunity to slow down and take a closer and deeper look at my immediate surroundings. With many of our face-to-face human interactions gone, I instead connected with anoles, frogs, and bugs through the eye of the lens. Instead of sitting in traffic and running errands, I staked out spiders, skinks, and squirrels. This project was a way to connect with the wider world, while not straying far beyond my backyard. I have continued this project over the last several years, and still find comfort in the quiet moments of contemplation that it affords me. Looking at these small life forms and their ecosystems reminds me of how fragile, beautiful, complex, and resilient our natural world can be.