Notes from the field, essays, and observations.
Another small gallery. These feature drops – in and out of focus – and blades of grass:
The idea was to combine the specular highlights, grass lines, and a sharp drop.
A small gallery of blue flowers:
Click an image to view it in a larger size.
A green lacewing that I found in a field of foxtails:
Though they look delicate, lacewings are predators. The larvae eat aphids, and this adult was foraging for tiny insects – it found one as I watched.
A curving line of drops on a columbine leaf:
You can see trees and the sun reflected in the drop surface. Taken in soft late afternoon light.
Another view of a flower from a recent post, at a different angle, one that shows what those bright dots are:
After a bunch of abstracts of flowers, back to something more familiar:
The spotted cucumber beetle is on tansy, a composite flower like a daisy that has no rays (petals). Makes a nice yellow setting for the bug.
The petal of a garden flower at high magnification:
The bright circles and the receding highlights aren’t drops of water, but tiny dots of nectar on the petal surface. I just got a notice from WordPress – this is my 500th post (!).
Another thistle abstract, taken on a recent visit to California:
Somewhat different than the other thistle flower a couple of posts back…
An abstract of a green thistle bud:
Another extreme closeup of a flower:
The flowing pattern on the left is a wet petal.
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