Tansy is an unusual flower – it’s in the daisy family, but it has no petals, just the flower center. The drop and the patterns were what caught me eye:


The center is about a quarter inch across; this was taken at 4 to 5x magnification – about as close as I can get.

Heath asters

Another fall flower. This aster variety blooms in profusion along its stems. This images tries to capture the density of all those blooms, the morning light, and dew. From the same dewy morning as the last post:



Post 351 – hard to believe!


Dewy New England Aster

Another look at this flower, this time looking down into a partially open bud. New England Aster  ranges from pinkish to purple, this dewy bud was more purple that the last post:


New England Aster

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


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:


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:


Orange tassel flower

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


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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