Over the years I’ve taken quite a few images of foxtails – the spiky seeds at the end of a grass stem. Here’s a selection closeups, abstracts, and groups of foxtails. Click a thumbnail to view images in a larger size:
These grasses are foxtails by a loose definition. There’s a group of grasses with barbed spikes called foxtails, but none of these were barbed.
The center of an oxeye daisy at high magnification:
To the naked eye, the center of a fresh daisy looks relatively flat, with symmetrical patterns. When you get close – this is approximately 3x magnification – you see that there are contours, a bit of up and down. and the patterns look a bit less regular.
A selective focus view of a garden geranium at high magnification:
The flower is a hybrid of the wildflower Geranium maculatum, not the familiar red potted plant also known as a geranium. That dark stamen in the center has a unusual look to it.
Queen Anne’s Lace is a common midsummer flower that fills open fields in my area. You may not know that it is a wild carrot (Daucus carota) – it is edible, but you should learn to identify the similar poison hemlock if you want to forage for wild carrot. The center of the cluster sometimes has a single purple flower, shown here in a closeup in this small gallery:
The flower is called Queen Anne’s Lace because the queen is supposed to have pricked a finger while lacemaking, and let a drop of blood fall on her lace. Sometimes it’s classified as an invasive plant.
Burdock is a thistle. The flower isn’t memorable, but the spine patterns of the buds are interesting:
When they dry out, the hooked spines make the burrs pretty disagreeable – if you bump into one, they don’t detach from your clothes easily. The bud is about a half an inch across, this is a high-magnification view.
I made a visit to a butterfly house – I haven’t been to one in quite a while. Here’s one of the most handsome species:
It’s a butterfly native to Asia, one of a number of pretty species in genus Cethosia. Thanks to Bill for suggesting this visit and accompanying me there.