July 2, 2014 … cowering inside

Yesterday I stayed inside most of the day.

dead flower

Deceased rose

I like my comfort and was not motivated to venture out into the bleak weather. I decided to experiment further with the flowers that were about to be thrown out, beginning with the companion to the one I had used the previous day. At least this one was still recognizably, a rose.

Clover

Clover with tiny slug

I went outside, briefly, and retrieved a small cluster of clover flowers but was not especially happy with it except as a technical exercise. I used extension tubes to allow me to get very close, and the bonus was the discovery of the tiny slug crawling across the left-most flower.

Flower

Unidentified flower — Leucadendron perhaps?

The bouquet about to be discarded offered another bloom that was in reasonable shape. I am no botanist, but I suspect it to be a Leucadendron or something related thereto.

Centre

Centre of the flower

I was intrigued by the structure at the centre of the flower and added additional tubes for extreme close up, and was pleased to see something I presume to be pollen in the little pockets near the base.

I shall try to be a bit more adventurous tomorrow.

 

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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