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The strobe photography first used to capture those drops of water/milkphotographs was invented by HaroldEdgerton at MIT, a really fascinating professor. More of his high speedimaging here and here.
Formal name....Aquilegia, from the Latin, aquilinum, "eagle like", because the spurs suggested the talons of an eagle to Linnaeus; OR, from the Latin word for "water collector," alluding to the nectar in the spurs of its petals.Columbine, from the Latin columba, "dove", the spurred petals perhaps having suggested a ring of doves around a fountain.Other common names include: American Columbine, Canada Columbine, Eastern Columbine, Meetinghouses, Rock Bells, Honeysuckle, Rock Lily, Cluckies, Jack-in-Trousers, Wild Honeysuckle, Granny's Bonnets, Dancing Fairies, Ancolie du Canada (Qué)The flower is adapted to long-tongued nectar-feeders, notably hawk moths and hummingbirds. The constriction in the funnel-shaped spur just below the secreting bulbous tip prevents small bees from getting at the nectar.rook.org
We're on the same page today...this was taken about 2 hours ago:http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_stamant/535179032/However, your picture is better than mine :(
Ron, yours is really nice. Hairy!
I do love columbine, so exotic to my eye. I never could get them to self-seed in my garden and after the first couple of years gave them up to cardinal lobelia which were happier in that location.
"Hairy!"Great Moments in Pedantry:Botanists refer to that characteristic as "pubescent," which means covered with trichomes or "stalked glands."
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