New England Aster

Another fall aster extreme closeup, a more colorful species this time:

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White aster

By September in my area, the goldenrod is mostly out of bloom, and many species of aster dominate the meadow. Here’s an extreme closeup of a white aster species; the shape of the anther caught my eye:

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Milkweed floss

Milkweed floss is the hair-like filament attached to a milkweed seed. These three images are of  open milkweed pods. Once I got close enough, there was a spot at the center of each pod that was all floss, no seed or pod visible.

They remind me of flowing water. I converted two of them to black and white, color was almost absent…

Point Lobos

I’ve always loved Edward Weston’s photographs of Point Lobos, both the seascapes and the closeups. My hope for this recent visit to Point Lobos was to do rock and Monterey cypress closeups, but the cypress area was crowded, so I went to other areas further down the Point. Here are a few samples of what I saw, mostly abstracts, with one seascape – all in black and white, since I’m thinking of Weston.

Tassel flower bud

Hard to resist the rich color of this tiny flower; this one hasn’t opened yet:

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Orange tassel flower

A heirloom variety of garden flower – the colors caught my eye:

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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:

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Green

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.

Echinacea

A closeup of the center of a purple coneflower:

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Scabiosa

A closeup of a scabiosa, also called pincushion flower:

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