15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Bugs on flower
My husband and I were visiting our local arboretum while it was raining. The water lilies were out in full bloom, so I snapped a photo hoping to capture a few raindrops on the petals. After I was home, I discovered that not only had I captured the raindrops, but also the minuscule insects that were taking shelter from the rain within the flower's leaves and petals. Upon first glance, it looks like just a pretty photo of raindrops on a flower. But - look closer - the black spots are the limbs and bodies of tiny insects. In fact, in the center of the flower near the stamen, you can see one of the insects poking its head out from cover. I still enjoy the photo, however. It's a reminder that behind every beautiful flower, there are hundreds of natural processes and organisms contributing to its beauty.
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||Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.