Beach verbena

I’m just back from a visit to the California coast. Here’s a dune wildflower, purple beach verbena, from Asilomar in Pacific Grove:



It’s the green season – for a while at least, since summer is starting to wane. This gallery celebrates summer green with abstracts of patterns, shapes, and a single green creature.


A closeup of the center of a purple coneflower:



A closeup of a scabiosa, also called pincushion flower:



A closeup of a bamboo plant from the Mt. Arenal area in Costa Rica. One section was green, another was red – I though the color contrast would make a good abstract:


Iridescent (II)

A view from above of another dogbane beetle, on the same rainy morning as the last post:




It’s time for dogbane beetles again. A cloudy, rainy morning recently was perfect for photographing these beautiful, iridescent insects:


Time for me to revise my notes on finding dogbane beetles. I wrote a few years back that towards the end of the summer is the best time to look. I’m now finding them reliably when the dogbane starts blooming, towards the end of June to the beginning of July. Last year, my first sighting June 26th, this year it was July 3rd.

Spiderwort filaments

I’ve used these strands before, but this is a paler spiderwort color, a lilac hue, not the more common dark purple:


Taken at high magnification, around 5x.

The rainforest

I’m still absorbing my visit to the rainforest – the diversity of life, the lush forests, the beauty at every turn. Here are just a few views of the rain forest, all from rainforest uplands not far from Mt Arenal – click an image to see them in a larger size:

Eyelash viper (II)

Another perspective on the Costa Rican yellow eyelash viper from an earlier post:_MG_0502-2-eyelash-viper


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