Winter puffiness…

Macro view of these Pampas Grasses shows the tiny seeds that soon will be dispersed in the wind. What I see is the fluffy-ness of the seedheads; I wonder if they would make a worthy insulator from winter’s frigid chill inside a coat lining. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Click the image above for more information on the prolific Pampas Grass. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This stand of grass were blowing in the chilly early winter winds of the upper Midwest Iowa’s Drake University campus. Patience is always a virtue when photographying grasses; they never rest for more than a brief nano-second. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Awesome details…

Look closely and you can see the tiny florets changing to berries. The growing season is coming to a close for the year. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The background flower compliments the main subject in this close up photograph of a wonderful cluster of unique beauty. God’s creativeness continues to awe me. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Close up look at spring…

These are buds and blooms from a flowering tree this past spring; perhaps a kind of Crab Apple tree. The varying shades from white to purple make the flower fascinating to observe; at least for me. Copyright Pamela Breitberg

Sometimes the best view is super close-up. These images were taken with my Nikon macro lens. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Taking a break…

Blue Dasher Dragonfly resting. It’s vorasious appetite keeps it hunting by any water. This bright blue beauty consumes it’s weight in insects daily, helping control mosquito population. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Does it appear to have four eyes? Macro image. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

For more information check out: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_dasher.

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Painted lady…

Painted Lady butterfly on end of fall bloom. Fading Hosta leaves set the background. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Outer markings of the Painted Lady butterfly are similar to inner patterning; which is not always true of butterflies. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Under-valued communities…

Fungi (mushrooms) and algae produce lichen on this dead tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Yesterday’s post of Lichen was witness to what happens when fungi and algae live together. The fungi benefit from algae that make food through photosynthesis. These images show the lush diversity within these miniature communities. I always feel the presence of a superior entity (God, to me) when I observe such creations.

Colony of mushrooms appear after rains; on less moist days the fungi thrives underground. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

Never seen this kind of fungi. The variety at Starved Rock after a few days of rain were many and diverse. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Fungi ring around the tree stump. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

This tree hosts a prolific, rich community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

The moist walls of the canyon supports more miniature communities. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

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The bees and the balm…

The Bee and the Bee’s Balm. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of Bee’s Balm. The center here reminds me of tan insect’s compound eye. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg.

The color and the scent attracts Bees: Bee Balm is a chosen nectar. People find Wild Bergamot tea soothing as well. By any name they are an American favorite. This native perennial has been used by insects, Native Americans and European settlers for centuries. I enjoy it’s unique flower design.

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Trying to pay attention…

My macro lens is one of my favorites because with its use I have permission to stare at others. I can spend time intimately observing the tiny, abundant insect communities that most often are ignored. Sometimes I am surprised when my camera captures details and subjects that were unnoticed by me. This image is a prime example of such recorded evidence. I was focused on the Comma butterfly. I saw the one fly above the butterfly. I did not see the one below. And I absolutely did not realize the “spots” on the adjacent leaf were alive!

So much goes on around us all the time that is oblivious to us. Such findings make me keenly aware that my ability to see the world and make sense of it continually needs practice. This is true with people as well as nature.

Comma butterfly with others of the community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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When a rose is not a rose…

Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
is a perennial Hibiscus species native to Illinois. This is a rose with no thorns, no arresting fragrance, but a striking presence indeed.

These images look at the subject from the side and rear which draws attention to the patterns and details of this giant blossom.

Beauty in the details. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Details of a large “Rose“. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Swamp Rose Mallow bud and flower. Copyright 207 Pamela Breitberg


 

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