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Ready to Pounce
Photograph by Jonathan Blair

Botany student Bruce Anderson stalks flies and beetles in a field of African daisies in Namaqualand, South Africa. Such fields explode with color and texture each spring, setting in motion a host of pollinating insects that visit the plants in search of nectar and flower parts. In so doing the insects perform an ancient dance that keeps pollen moving from one flower to the next, ensuring genetic mixing and a healthy new generation of plants.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: EOS-1
Film Type: E100-VS
Lens: 70-200mm Zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Dry
Time of Day: 3 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Tripod and butterfly net


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