We had rain followed by wind and clouds, with sun peeking though, so I took advantage to photograph my Japanese anemones, which look better than I had any right to expect them to, considering how the leaves were badly and completely chewed—just a mass of little black dots—throughout the summer.
Japanese anemones, with snakeroot in the background. 26sep22:14:07, sony A7c, sony 90mm macro, hazy light; f/2.8 ev-0.7, 1/1000s, ISO 50, WB: auto; scaled.
But eventually the bugs decided they were done, the plants put out new growth, and because I felt sorry for them, I watered them, even though I didn't expect much—that's why there's so much snakeroot, I've been letting this hardier native take over the bed. (And take over it does, though I enjoyed all the insects it attracts.)
Japanese anemones, with snakeroot in the background. 26sep22:14:08, sony A7c, sony 90mm macro, hazy light; f/2.8 ev-0.7, 1/650s, ISO 50, WB: auto; masking to brighten flowers, cropped and scaled in gimp.
This sort of hazy light is wonderful for flower photographers, though the variability was a bit frustrating; but without the cloud cover there's no way I could have got such softness at 2 in the afternoon. As a bonus, a hoverfly showed up in the last photo—these harmless creatures, despite looking like wasps, merely go about pollinating flowers.
Japanese anemones, with snakeroot in the background. 26sep22:14:09, sony A7c, sony 90mm macro, hazy light; f/2.8 ev-0.7, 1/800s, ISO 50, WB: auto; brightened, cropped, scaled
My understanding is that more flowers are pollinated by flies than bees, but bees tend to pollinate the commercially important ones, i.e. food plants.
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