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Tiny Beetles Mating on Firewheel 0136

Two of the most familiar wildflowers in Texas are the firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) and the bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), both of which you’ve already seen here more than once this year. The main reason I’m showing you this picture now is the action taking place in the firewheel’s red light disktrict.

Clicksy-doodle for some hanky-panky:

Tiny Beetles Mating on Firewheel 0136A

This photograph is from April 4 along Bluegrass Dr. in my northwest part of Austin.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2016 at 4:56 AM

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  1. wow! that’s a good one! 🙂


    May 10, 2016 at 5:04 AM

  2. Bugs doin’ what bugs do. Did you see them in there before taking the shot? It’s fun to discover these things when not expected.

    Steve Gingold

    May 10, 2016 at 5:06 AM

    • I know what you mean about discovering something during processing that I missed at the time I took a picture. In this case I saw the tiny beetles while I was there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2016 at 6:33 AM

  3. Nice work, Steve. Very sharp!


    May 10, 2016 at 5:50 AM

  4. Are the blues bluer? The reds, redder? The humor quirkier and the bugs buggier? Or is it only that since being here last, I successfully made the move from an old, clunky, computer to a nice, new, fresh one? Whichever, this is a great photo. I had to laugh when I enlarged the thumbnail. The beautiful red center of the gaillardia certainly does seem to be filled with the flames of passion.

    Now, if I can resolve some mysteries with this machine as well as you did the beetles, all will be well. I do have my camera and computer talking to one another now, so all I have to do is figure out the software. Clearly, there’s more fun on the horizon.


    May 10, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    • Happy new, as Eve likes to say. It sounds like you have a much better monitor and graphics card than before, along with greater processing power. Add those things to your recent camera, and it’s a brave new visual world out there. Now, as you say, getting familiar with the software is the key to bringing out the best in your pictures. Happy learning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2016 at 7:38 AM

  5. What a Lovely Flower!


    May 10, 2016 at 9:10 AM

  6. Firewheel is a great name for that beautiful flower.

    Lavinia Ross

    May 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM

  7. Very cool, Steve!




    May 10, 2016 at 12:40 PM

  8. Cool hidden surprise in there!!


    May 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM

  9. Nothing like hanky panky in the red carpet 😉


    May 11, 2016 at 2:09 AM

  10. Clever little bugs getting cosy in a blanket!


    May 11, 2016 at 5:58 AM

  11. I always admire the foreground vs. background play in yous photos. Here, both win! 🙂


    May 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    • I appreciate your noticing the frequent interplay between foreground and background in the photographs that appear here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 14, 2016 at 6:36 AM

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