Just Some Flowers and Insects

Don’t know about you but to me this look like a clown’s lapel flower that’s going to squirt me in the face.


Different stages of a cosmos.


The next two photos show ants farming their aphids.  For a short (one page) but fairly comprehensive explanation of the aphids/ants relationship see How Ants and Aphid Help Each Other.  I found the last section of the article to be particularly interesting.




Cosmos flower and bud.  To me the bud looks as though it has a plastic or glassy surface, especially near the bottom.  I used to get this effect quite often on a different variety of flower at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  I always thought it was something about that particular variety of flower at MoBot that caused the effect but now see that’s not the case.  Wish I could figure out what causes it so I can repeat it when wanted.


Thanks for stopping by.


The first two photos were taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.  The last three were taken with an ancient Panasonic DMC-ZS7.  I say ancient because I got the camera when it came out in 2010 and seven years is ancient for 21st century technology.

6 thoughts on “Just Some Flowers and Insects

  1. The clown’s lapel flower is a perfect description. Your point about the ancient camera reminded me of a statement from a software company about how they couldn’t be expected to support obsolete software (from 2014, or something like that).

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    • I know what you mean about support for obsolete software. I can understand that statement in terms of changes to operating systems that require more than a simple patch for the software or after multiple patches. In those cases I think the customer has to bite the bullet but to stop support on an arbitrary time period doesn’t make a lot of sense to me from a customer service perspective.


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