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a VENUS FLY TRAP

By TimothyDMorton  
The Venus Fly Trap is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States. It catches its prey chiefly insects and arachnids with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against a waste of energy in trapping objects with no nutritional value.

This capture was done at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario at their head-quarters in Burlington, ON. To allow a bit more light I used the BOWER RING 48 which gives a 48 LED lights to allow a bit more light, and resting my camera on my tripod to get a bit closer I used the NIKON 5 T Close up lens.

Once home, I opened in Camera-in-the-RAW where I corrected for colour balance, and then opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where i resized to 401 x 600 px, then fooled around till happy with the UNSHARP MASK and last saved as JPEG for upload to this gallery.

Tags: Close up Flowers and plants Burlington Ontario Venus fly trap ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF ONTARIO


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