Palomar College’s Mysterious Ecosystem

June 13th, 2006

I usually have my camera with me. I’ve heard it said that if you don’t have a camera with you, then you aren’t a photographer. Between classes and during breaks at school I like to relax by walking around and taking pictures of interesting things or trying out new photography techniques. Today I happened upon two interesting things that were together. I have probably walked by these at least a hundred times, but today they stood out.

The first thing that caught my eye were these flowers. I know nothing about flowers or plants. I can never remember anything about plants and they all tend to look pretty much the same to me. These flowers though were amazing. Maybe it was just the way the sun was shining on them, but I had to have a picture. When I went in for some really close macro shots I was greeted with mysterious fascinating living thing number two for the day. Sitting atop the flower I wanted to photograph was a tiny insect. Insects are usually wary and fast making them very difficult to photograph without very expensive equipment, but this guy just sat there and let me take picture after picture from different angles all at less than three inches! I thought this was all quite a nice accident to have found him on the one perfect flower that I wanted pictures of. After I started looking at the other flowers more closely, however, I saw this same type of insect on almost every one of these flowers in the area. Most of the other ones hopped off the flowers when I came close, though.

I know less about bugs than I do about plants, so I wouldn’t even know where to begin in identifying him. I would be interested to know more about both of these. They seem to go together, but that might have indeed been a coincidence.

Unknown Type of Flower found at Palomar College

Unknown Type of Insect found at Palomar College

Unknown Type of Insect found at Palomar College

2 Responses to “Palomar College’s Mysterious Ecosystem”

  1. katie harding says:

    hey there. cool pictures. the flower is called an iris. and i believe that ur bug is some form of a cricket, judging by its legs. though it is a very colorful one up close, if that is truely what it is.

  2. Shawn Dowler says:

    How did you know what kind of flower that is? I guess you just know your flowers, eh? After you told me then I did a little fact checking and came across this website with tons of flowers and sure enough, there’s a photo of an Iris that looks almost exactly like the one I took!

    As for the bug… I’m still in the dark as far as proof goes.

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