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ladybird on seedhead

By CarolG  
I was trying to photograph this rather pretty seedhead when a ladybird appeared from the underside, and very kindly posed for a few images before flying off into the distance. The seedhead is from a salvia verbenaca, or wild clary, found in dry and barren areas and at the roadsides. It was once considered a medicine to combat hysteria and sterility. The plant is said to cleanse the blood and sooth rheumatic attacks. In cases of pneumonia or bronchitis, consumption of the plant induces great sweats which give the patient relief.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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17 Jan 2010 6:11AM
I love the detail. Good macro

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colmar Plus
10 42 35 Scotland
17 Jan 2010 6:21AM
Four grand images with an informed write up too thanks for sharing them Colin
Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
17 Jan 2010 6:22AM
Superb detail and colors in these close-ups, Carol, fantastic work as usual.
11 18 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 7:20AM
Fab, fab, fab and fab!!!!
Rogerex Plus
11 32 12 Australia
17 Jan 2010 7:35AM
A beautifully detailed shot with good colours. Interesting to see the ladybird is different from ours in its colour scheme. I was also interested in the seedhead which is very similar to some that grow on the roadsides here.
17 Jan 2010 7:52AM
Fantastic detail 10 out of 10. I can't check temptation.
17 Jan 2010 7:53AM
superb light here, four wonderful images...
goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
17 Jan 2010 8:24AM
Four hum-dingers Carol - plants are lovely too...Bill
17 Jan 2010 8:40AM
Fabulous again. Stunning clarity. A
17 Jan 2010 8:54AM
Terrific. Trish
As always superb images. Carol do you know how to prepare this plant for consumption!!
17 Jan 2010 9:11AM
Excellent captures like allways Carol.
Stunning details,great colours and Dof.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 9:12AM
an amazing set with detail and sharpness enuff to cut your finger on
17 Jan 2010 9:16AM
Top as always. You live in a insectparadise i believe> so well taken+++++
8 10 10 England
17 Jan 2010 9:30AM
Perfection as always Carol - what more can I say!
17 Jan 2010 9:40AM
wonderful set of images, all very beautiful indeed .thanks for sharing.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
17 Jan 2010 9:51AM
Lovely little platform flowers, ideal for bugs, great set of shots, hope the rotten weather calms down for you, we have the sun today here, first time for weeks it feels...

Nicky Smile
heids Plus
8 1 1 Scotland
17 Jan 2010 10:01AM
Amazing detail. Beautiful set of images
17 Jan 2010 10:05AM
Cute guys these Smile Nice one Carol
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 10:16AM
Superb - and the colour and detail of the seed head really makes these shots.
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 10:40AM
fab ladybird shots and an interesting write up Carol but the lady seems to have flown away in v4 lol

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Jan 2010 10:49AM
Super shots, Carol. The arrival of the ladybird was the icing on the cake. Beautifully detailed images, beautifully captured.
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
17 Jan 2010 10:53AM
Terrific images, all of them, with V1 being my top favourite thanks to the angle of your ladybird friend.

17 Jan 2010 11:07AM
What can I say They all are so detailed and unusual Great work yet again
No favourite so 1/4 vote each
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1851 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 11:15AM
The first three are particularly strong (V1 my favourite, followed by V3), because of that extraordinary little tuft at the top. Quirky and delightful.
User_Removed 10 31 2 England
17 Jan 2010 11:47AM
A great close up of a ladybird. It looks stunning large.

Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
17 Jan 2010 11:51AM
Super detail on the seed head.....I'm in the minority that doesn't fancy lady bugs, though. This one I have to admit is cute.
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 12:02PM
b/g is nicely blurred, great detail and light Carol. superb series
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
17 Jan 2010 12:28PM
What a great plant to catch it on Carol. V3 just edges it for me.
glyndwr Plus
10 66 10 Wales
17 Jan 2010 12:47PM
Pin sharp as usual Carol.
I have looked at V!, V2 and V3 and considered the position of the ladybird and V1 wins it for me, the position and angle of the insect adds movement.
Hope that helps.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
17 Jan 2010 12:56PM
A cracking set of images as always, Carol, and very beautifully presented.
TrevB Smile
17 Jan 2010 1:02PM
Excellent photography and information
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
17 Jan 2010 1:46PM

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 1:58PM
Excellent shots Carol, love the ladybird images!
17 Jan 2010 2:00PM
This is a really pretty one Carol!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 2:58PM
All lovely but V3 is tops for me.
cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
17 Jan 2010 3:19PM
v1 for me, for the angle of the ladybird, love the detail of the fine hairs on the seed head.lesley
superb work carol, well taken.ray
17 Jan 2010 4:43PM
Fantastic series of shots, just can't wait for spring and ladybirds
PattiW Plus
12 24 2 United States
17 Jan 2010 5:04PM
Amazing detail of this wonderful seedhead and how wonderful to have the beautiful ladybird posing so agreeably for you! Patti
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
17 Jan 2010 5:17PM
I never realized that the pattern in the ladybird does look like a lady. Ours, ladybugs we call them, only have spots, all varied though. These captures are amazing Carol, I've never noticed the patterns to look like this before. Excellent shots............Sandy
17 Jan 2010 5:18PM
Fabulous images Carol,V1 + V3 my favourites....The detail and use of DOF are excellent !! Very well captured images...
Beautiful. I love the contrast of the furry seed head and shiny smooth lady bird. Gill
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 6:21PM
These are just wonderful Carol, and thank you for an interesting write up.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
17 Jan 2010 6:29PM
A cracking set of macro shots Carol, the inclusion of the ladybird makes them that little bit extra special
17 Jan 2010 7:09PM
Superb set. Sylvia
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
17 Jan 2010 9:31PM
Wonderful series Carol. Terrific close-up detail with lovely tones and textures. V1 for me.
18 Jan 2010 12:17AM
a superb set of captures
18 Jan 2010 1:03AM
these are terrific Carol
18 Jan 2010 6:29AM
Another four superb images, Carol, love the colours and details.
18 Jan 2010 12:27PM
A delightful set
18 Jan 2010 10:32PM
superb, lovely colour, light and details
19 Jan 2010 7:50AM
Beautiful textures and colours ai all four images Carol.

Ridgeway Plus
11 222 2 Ireland
19 Jan 2010 3:18PM
Not sure about the fourth one Carol.
The lady bird was probabley rescued as some stage from the pool and is giving a pay back.Lol.
The setting, ladybird and plant compliment each other very well.

Nice one Carol.

19 Jan 2010 7:20PM
Beautiful captures great colours and detail. Gary
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2010 10:49PM
Amazing images Carol, not only did you capture the bug beautifully, which isn't at all easy with his gleaming coat, but this plant is amazing as well. Great detail through all the images,
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 11:52AM
Such a lovely composition Carol.
The colours are delightful

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