Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sometimes I'm just plain lucky

Coming up from the White Rock beach, we stopped to take photos of the wildflowers along the railroad track. Among them were the beautiful white flowers of bindweed.

Too pretty for an aggressive weed.

My camera doesn't handle these bright whites as well as Laurie's does, so I decided to zoom into the shadowed throat of a flower, instead. And I'd forgotten my glasses in the car, so in the glaring sunlight, I could barely see the LCD screen; any macro photography would be sheer guesswork.

I didn't see these spots, or I would have chosen the next flower, thinking they were dust.

 So I didn't notice these until I got home and loaded the photos onto the computer:

 Red mites! I've never seen more than one at a time, before.

I'll be looking down the throat of every bindweed I see from now on.


  1. Very cool! I love it when I find something interesting that I missed when taking the photograph.

  2. Oh, what a surprise to find this pretty but invasive bloom is being bugged by a host of visitors. :)

  3. Hee. Today I took a picture and posted it, also only seeing the bug on the flower once it was on my computer. It's so fun!

    Aren't mites the most amazing shade of red?


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