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1• Finally showing signs of dying, this cut flower had been open for at least 10 days at the time this shot was taken.

going small to see BIG? Or is it BIG to see small? #2

continuing a series about going macro to see micro

2• grand opening sequence
3• featuring the female
5• Note that at this stage there has been very little pollen production
7• fully opened and primed for action
8• Getting closer to the male detail. On the right, compare the tiny purplish spot in the upper packet with the purplish areas in image 5 to see how much more pollen has been produced in the few short hours it took for the flower to fully open.
9• Tiny spots of pollenation on the pistol in the early morning are evidence that secret activities had occurred under the cover of darkness. Their mission complete, the male structures are receding (whoa!…had a momentary but powerful sense of déjà vu…)
10• Unlike the “fixed” flower in the banner image, after only a few days of being opened, its function completed, all flower structures show signs of accelerated decline and increasing disintegration.



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Central NJ lensman specialist in closeup nature: flowers, small animals, insects, arachnids, bees in-flight a specialty. Intro video