Posts Tagged ‘naked eye’


August 8, 2013 4 comments

Scabious flower 2Scabious flowers, being organic, don’t follow quite the same principle as snowflakes.

But look closely and there’s infinite variety on a theme – just like with snowflakes.

And all in a wasteland flower, viewed with the naked eye.Scabious flower 3Scabious flower

Drilling down

August 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Quaking grass

Quaking grass

I was having a conversation yesterday about the appeal of the natural world.

Does it exist in urban environments?

What happens when there are no foxes (not even urban foxes) and no bluebells?

The answer has to be to ‘drill down’; go smaller; there’s always something.

No need to invest in a microscope and pore over alien worlds invisible to the naked eye.

Normal eyesight suffices to watch an ant colony or find a groundsel’s exquisite clock seed head.

Or, as here, to view what look like balsa-wood carvings strung along a stem of quaking grass.

Wallflower bud

March 5, 2013 5 comments
Wallflower bud with attendant insect

Wallflower bud with attendant insect

I’ve been prowling around with my x 10 magnification lens again.

It’s extraordinary how much more detail the camera picks up than the naked eye, making it a process of discovery when downloading the photo.

I wonder if the lace pattern on the petals was made by the tiny black insect at the base of the bud.

I hadn’t seen it when I took the photo!

Wallflowers are one of my favourite flowers because of the lovely mass of colour they create.

Not the least important is their scent  – possibly the strongest in the garden and absolutely heavenly.