09.02.2015 Spotted Touch-me-not

These are always a delight as summer wears on.  They bob around in the slightest hint of a breeze which means that one has to be careful when photographing them.  Even the bit of warmth coming from our bodies on a cool day will create a gentle eddy which causes movement of the hanging flower…a pleasant enough phenomenon except when one is trying to snap an image.

Jewelweed-082315-700WebThey also known as Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) which is taken from the way the dewdrops seem like tiny jewels on the leaves.  There is a chemical compound in the plant that, when the juice is forced from a broken leaf or stem, will ease itching from mosquito bits or other insect stings.

The beefly and the flower.

Beefly-on-Jewelweed - Copy

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 09.02.2015 Spotted Touch-me-not

  1. And a delightful morning to you, too, Steve! Jewel weed is one of my favorites…although really, I guess they all are. And this one is wearing another jewel, a bee 🙂

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  2. Jim in IA says:

    We’ve been watching the plants mature as we’ve gone hiking in the recent weeks. Now they are blooming in great numbers. It seems like a good year for them. Some plants are over 5 ft tall. We don’t normally see them that tall.

    Thanks for the closeup shots. Nicely done.

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  3. Andrew says:

    Beautiful photos Steve. Not much danger of body warmth here. September = winter drawers on.


  4. As if the flower in its own right weren’t enough, you gave us a double whammy by adding the bee. Such clarity.


  5. When you get really close and take a good look the whole world really opens up and becomes so much more interesting…Great photos, love the gorgeous color and detail. The raindrops were such a nice artistic touch.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I had no idea there were so many varieties of impatiens — what I read said 850 – 1,000. I’ve always thought of impatiens as a garden flower that you buy at a box store, and haven’t really paid much attention to them. Clearly, there’s more of interest here than I realized.

    I really had to stop and think about body warmth causing an eddy in cool air that would make the flowers move. I believe you — it’s just hard to believe, as are so many things in nature.

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    • Impatiens and Coleus are two of my least favorite garden flowers. Not sure why that is , but I was very happy when Mary Beth stopped buying them for the yard shaded borders. I am always amazed at the variety of species within a genera or family. Evolution is mind-boggling.
      It often surprises me when there is literally no breeze anywhere on a meadow but where I am standing. It’s very slight, but it happens. If the air is cool then the heat emanating from your body is just enough. Kind of a similar effect to the butterfly’s flapping wings. 🙂


  7. Touch Me Not is awfully darn pretty. Gorgeous orange. I think the name is catchy. I’ve often heard people say the name about various people. “Oh they are she is a touch me not. Meaning they are snobbish or stuck up.

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