Notes from the field, essays, and observations.
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.
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.
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:
A little, fast-moving butterfly from my area:
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…
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