Ultraviolet Flowers

Rosa majalis L.
Rosa majalis. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)
Rosa majalis. Ultraviolet light
UV light
(U-360 + CC20C, SB-140)
Nikon D1H, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, @800 ISO

Both images © Bjørn Rørslett/NN

This small, pinkish-flowered Dog-Rose species, native to Scandinavia and adjacent regions of Russia, exhibits an intermediately strong bull's-eye pattern in UV light. This pattern is quite unlike that of other Rosa species, just to show how much variability there can be within a single genus.

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Last Update 3 August, 2004