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fun day at the conservatory. can you see the ants all over the poinsettia seeds?

I think it is called allelophile--plants whose seeds have something sweet to eat so ants will grab them and take them to their burrows, thereby planting them.

edit: the ants eat elaiosome which is an attractive oily part of the seed. I had the work mixed up with allelopathy--the ability of one plant to harm black walnuts producing jugalone which interferes with anything growing under it. your botany fact of the day.

the painter is always there at the conservatory and we talk. I enjoy him immensely.

I have gone back to school for photography. I am almost late for my class--digital photography 101. Yesterday was a class in thinking about photography. course description:

As critical and theoretical developments increasingly affect the uses of, and attitudes towards, contemporary photography, an understanding of photographic theory provides a useful basis for interpreting both photographs and writings. This course will examine topics in photographic interpretation and critical methods, with a particular emphasis on texts and issues from contemporary literature on the visual arts.

I am thinking Sontag's essay 'Against Interpretation' is going to come in handy.

wish me and my idiot brain some luck.

Dhamaka says:

great series
I especially like the first. And the second. And the third


10th Jan 2008, 22:24

OJ says:

Lovely layers in the top one. The finger in the bottom made me jump.

Yes, they're all good...

10th Jan 2008, 22:31

swamprose says:

hey you, D. quick food on the run, and I am outta here. having so much fun back at uni doing something I love.
glad the photos reflect the good day.

10th Jan 2008, 22:32

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10th Jan 2008, 22:33

Dhamaka says:

that was me

10th Jan 2008, 22:35

hildegard says:

Particularly like the top one.
OJ - yep, that'll do it every time.

10th Jan 2008, 22:38

Sprocket says:

After my life drawing last year, I'm thinking about either a photography or a furniture making course next.

Top shot is great, but I love that painter's mixing tray. Watercolours are so bloody messy on the palette, it's a miracle the colours stay so clean on the page

10th Jan 2008, 22:49

Jane Doe says:

Love the top shot. Enjoy the course, sounds great - still haven't got round to reading my Christmas gifts of Camera Lucida or On Photography yet, maybe you can precis them for me ; )

10th Jan 2008, 22:59

factotum says:

Nice series, SR. No ants on my poinsettias, I'm afraid.

11th Jan 2008, 01:13

swamprose says:

mandy do I wish you were in class with me? hell yes! am thinking photo analysis according to the muppets would sure liven things up.

11th Jan 2008, 04:26

mara says:

beautiful series!

11th Jan 2008, 16:19

MaggieD says:

Ace pics, and I agree with Mandy :)

11th Jan 2008, 21:30

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