You may be saying why a dead flower? Why a macro shot of that? Exactly, your eye is usually rests on the pretty flower, so this time, I thought I would show you the details of the seed head. It is what is left of my Gerbera daisy flower.
Came across this interesting pair while photographing my Hamelia patens. I am still not sure what kind of insect the orange and black one is, but apparently, it likes flies. It caught the fly and carried it off. I am pretty sure it did not end well for the fly. If you know what kind of bug the predator is, please chime in.
After the dead flower and the **soon to be dead fly** let’s move on to something pretty. The Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) seem to be everywhere in the garden this month. I read the larve like the passionflower vine or maypop (Passiflora incarnata), and since it pretty much took over my garden this year, I can see why there are some many of these butterflies fluttering around.
The vibrant red of this Pineapple Sage is glorious in masse. Salvia elegans
For the finish, this unknown dreamy rose bush is filled again with blooms from the recent rains. What I really like about this rose, is the pink and apricot hues blending together as the rose opens fully with a buttery center.
As the flower ages and opens, the colors soften and fade.
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