The view from below, with an addendum
And here’s a view of a dried-out basket-flower seen from below. The stalk that was a vibrant green when fresh has dulled down now to a reddish-brown that I still find pleasant. If the noontime sky seems preternaturally dark, it’s not from of an eclipse of the sun but from an “eclipse” of the background light due to the small lens aperture I wanted for greater depth of field; in order to compensate for the loss of light, I added some flash to keep my subject bright. (There he goes with that day-for-night technique again.)
When I saw this photograph enlarged on my computer monitor I noticed something I’d overlooked (underlooked?) at the time I took the picture: beneath the basket-flower are two very small white ovals. The tiny objects appear to be insect eggs, and if you click the icon below you can see an enlargement of one of them. That closer view will let you see that the egg is attached by a very slender filament emerging from a foothold in the basket of the basket-flower.
Stay tuned for a more dramatic connection between an insect and a basket-flower next time.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman