Petal surface II

Another view of a flower from a recent post, at a different angle, one that shows what those bright dots are:


Spotted cucumber beetle

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.

Petal surface

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 (!).

California thistle

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:

Floral abstract

Another extreme closeup of a flower:

The flowing pattern on the left is a wet petal.


Another high magnification closeup of a flower:


A closeup of spotted knapweed:

An alien wildflower that’s considered invasive in some parts of the US.

Baltimore Checkerspot

A favorite butterfly that flies around the Fourth of July in my area. You don’t see them everywhere – they are local to specific areas, so you have to know where to look:


A dandelion puff in the rain, with a buttercup in the background: