PHOTOPAGE 371

   

   

 

Early July 2008

At the very bottom of the page are three photographs representing a three week transformation from the egg laying Monarch parent on the left to the emerged adult child on the right. I was fortunate to witness the egg laying on a milkweed plant on June 27th - removed the leaf on which the pin head sized egg was laid, and saw the tiny caterpillar emerge in a few days. I kept a fresh supply of milkweed leaves and added them as it grew to 2 inches long and pupated (2 weeks later). It then emerged as butterfly on July 19th. As remarkably fast as this happened, even more interesting to me was the startling realization that the transformation was accomplished by the combination of egg and milkweed alone - the new butterfly was simply another form of milkweed , using only the code within the egg. Such is the mystery of transformation of life.  

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371.11 Wild Rose 

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371.12 Catalpa  

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371.13 Riverview 

   

The quaintly named Bottle Brush Grass - resembles  . . well. . you remember bottle brushes, right?

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371.1 Bottlebrush Grass  

 

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371.2 Scarlet Pimpernel and Forget-Me-Nots 

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371.3 Checkerspot 

Poison Ivy is plentiful and not difficult to negotiate with - I've learned techniques of moving through it easily without developing a rash.

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 371.4 Poison Ivy  

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371.5 Bull Thistle 

On either side and below continue examples of Photoshop manipulation to emphasize geometric features of common plants.

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 371.6 Curly Dock Seeds 

To the right - two versions of the same scene with the colors shifted in 371.7

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371.7 Black Eyed Susan  altered

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371.8 Black Eyed Susan 

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371.9 Unidentified 

 For those with delicate sensibilities - >>> remember - my role is that of documentarian (besides, it's cool) - the Yellowjacket is eating, the Blowflies laying eggs.

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371.10 Feeding on Dead Mouse  

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6-27-08 Parent

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7-1- 08  - 7-19-08 Caterpillar & Chrysalis

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7-19-08 Child

 
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