Sunday, May 10, 2009

Surprise Flower "South African Daisy" ... Bee Vision

Walked over a flower market some days ago, where this beautiful Gazania plant catched my eye. Had to get it of course and today it way time to see if there would be some surprises....and yes they were!

Shot using off the shelf D70, X35mm lens, UV LED lamp.

[click on image yields a larger one]

VIS shot:

UV shot using Baader-U filter (310-390nm):

"Bee Vision" Filter XBV shot:

It gets quite obvious, that this flower has a double (inner + petal tips) UV prominent pattern which it uses to attract pollinators. Both gets nicely visible in the UV and "Bee Vision" shot using these specialized filters + light source.

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site