|Cuscuta europaea L. ssp. halophyta (Fr.)Hartm.|
(U-360 + BG-38, SB-140)
images: Nikon D70 @800 ISO, EL-Nikkor 63 mm f/3.5 with
Novoflex Bellows (3:1 magnification)
© Bjørn Rørslett/NN
species, Greater Dodder, tends to occur very
intermittent in my area and I have been on the outlook
for it for several years to no avail. Recently however,
by a stroke of luck I ended up shooting the even rarer,
Fennoscandian endemic race (ssp. halophyta) of
the Greater Dodder for my UV flower series. Sometimes you
get more than you have bargained for.
The small, almost porcelaine-delicate corolla of the Dodder absorbs UV light strongly, so is rendered almost black with UV photography. The anthers and stigma tend to fluoresce under UV light and so does indeed the outside of the not yet opened flowers, too.
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Last Update 3 August, 2004