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 (!).

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California thistle

Another thistle abstract, taken on a recent visit to California:

Somewhat different than the other thistle flower a couple of posts back…

Thistle

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.

Thistle

Another high magnification closeup of a flower:

Knapweed

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:

Dandelion

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

Gray Hairstreak

A little, fast-moving butterfly from my area:

Forest racer

A snake from Costa Rica:

Sorry if they scare you – this one was quite slow-moving, and not venomous. “Forest racer” is an approximate identification…