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Bushy bluestem covered with droplets

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As you heard once before, on the morning of December 3rd last year I set out to get some fog pictures. I didn’t get any, unless you count pictures of plants covered with droplets that had condensed out of the fog. The bushy bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus) seed head shown here is another example. If you’re unfamiliar with this native grass that takes on delectable colors and textures in the late fall and winter, you can look at a stand from farther back in space in time.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 6, 2018 at 4:45 AM

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What made the nonagons

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Drops in Spiderweb 8745B

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I believe that light refracted by drops of water caught in the spider’s web you saw last time made the glass elements in my 100mm macro lens produce the nonagonal artifacts that you also saw. What you didn’t see was the drops, so here’s another photograph from the same session at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, on June 20. Notice that some of the nonagons in this second photograph are elongated.

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August 27, 2016 at 5:06 AM

A pink evening primrose flower a little farther along

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The previous post showed a bud of a pink evening primrose, Oenothera speciosa, beginning to open. Here from Bull Creek Rd. opposite Jackson Ave. on April 14th is a droplet-dappled view of a somewhat more advanced stage. And how about that minuscule insect? It couldn’t have been more than an eighth of an inch (3mm) long.

In the month since I took this picture, pink evening primrose flowers have been a common sight in central Texas. If you’d like a reminder of the way a colony of these flowers can turn a roadside pink, you’re welcome to revisit a picture from last spring.

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May 12, 2016 at 5:06 AM

Dropped on my head

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Dewdropped Spiderweb Over Rock 9627

If I’d immediately followed up the recent consecutive posts showing drizzle drops around a straggler daisy and then around a funnel web spider, you might have thought I’d been dropped on my head. Now at a decent distance in time from those photographs, here’s a downward-looking view showing dewdrops in a horizontal spiderweb less than half an inch above the parallel rock beneath it. This time the drops themselves are the subject. To see some of the orbs more clearly as little planets unto themselves, and to make out the delicate strands holding them in place, click the excerpt below.

Dewdropped Spiderweb Over Rock 9627A

I took this picture on March 25 off Harold Ct. within sight of the pale blue bluebonnet you recently saw.

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April 14, 2016 at 5:06 AM

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