Geranium center

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 bud

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.

Cethosia cyane

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.

Chickweed and Least Skipper

A Least Skipper nectaring on chickweed:


Least Skipper is one of the smallest butterflies in my area. You find them in tall grasses, this is one of the few times I’ve seen one at a flower.

Thread-waisted wasp

Another insect on a Black-eyed Susan:


Although they are a wasp, I think this species feeds on flowers and doesn’t sting, unlike many of its stinging, predaceous cousin wasps.

American Copper

A common (but beautiful) butterfly on Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)_MG_1339-2-copper:


A closeup of a common wildflower, dandelion-like, but on a tall stem:


Spiderwort filaments

Spiderwort (Tradescantia) is a common purple or pink garden flower with contrasting yellow stamens. For this image, I used high magnification to show just the feathery filaments floating in a big raindrop on the petal surface:


I’ve read that each filament bead is a single cell. This was at 4x or 5x magnification, composited (stacked) for more detail.


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