Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the third one seems to be riddled with some sort of insect that I have no idea about. I always loved the soft shade of the mimosa. It isn't native to Kentucky and doesn't do well with cold winters. Our 2 mimosas died after the first winter but I was told to cut off the dead tree (above ground) and the roots would be fine and then grow a new stronger set of above ground branches which would be more resistant to cold, which it did.Beatufull photos!
May be you should post the third one in the "Butterflies, Moths and Assorted Insects ..."
The last one - I love and hate this tree (Saman - Samanea saman): Love it for the nice shade and ability to substitute (to some extend...) an umbrella in the rain and hate it for spreading nasty, sticky seeds. After steping on them and walking further you sound as a horse walking on the asphalt...
Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad the aphids & plant were a half mile away from me as I wouldn't want my own plants infested like that (although it's just part of the great cycle of life). I also didn't know there was a variety of Mimosa growing under a foot high - wow. My Mimosa trees grow really fast (after the first year) and are now around 30 feet tall, but don't have a central trunk like most large trees, rather up to a dozen smaller branches growing up from the base at the ground.Your bugs are something from the Aphids. Don't ask me for something more detailed - I know them just marginally.
We have here on the Islands only one widespread Mimosa: Mimosa pudica and it's usually very low to the ground (rarely growing to a feet high, and even more rarely above that). So, don't expect a shade from Mimosa if you visit Hawaii! I never cultivated Mimosa at home (huh, here it's very different from Kentucky and there is no reason to grow Mimosa at home - just go outside in +/-dry field and you will find plenty of Mimosa pudica...)
- same lens that I use now for birding: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR! Hardly in the classic category of the "closeup" lenses but I think it's doing well. Week ago I was using zoom (200-500mm) : my daughter occupied my macro lens and actually I wasn't eager to carry it on my hikes around.Beautiful picture, ISv!
What closeup lens do you use?
Would you care to comment on how you created this awesome photo?