Dave Kennard

Dave Kennard

Posted on 03/02/2014


Photo taken on February 27, 2014


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Amaryllis
Eukaryota
Galanthus
Liliopsida
Common Snowdrop
Angiosperms
Flowering Plants
Biota
Monocotyledons
UV Photography
Galanthus nivalis
Snowdrops
Life
Amaryllidaceae
Infrared
Vitae
Plants
Ultraviolet
Plantae
Magnoliophyta
Asparagales
IR Photography


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Galanthus nivalis (Common Snowdrop) flower Vis UV IR comparison

Galanthus nivalis (Common Snowdrop) flower Vis UV IR comparison
Comparison looking up at the inside of a Galanthus nivalis (Common Snowdrop) flower photographed in visible light (left), ultraviolet light (middle), and infrared light (right).

In visible light the flower consists of three long white oval tepals, with three shorter petals around the centre. The petals are also white, but have darker green markings on the inside and a green V shaped marking on the outside. At the centre of the flower are six pointed yellow anthers.

In ultraviolet light the flower appears pretty similar. The three outer tepals remain a light colour. The three petals also remain lightly toned with the darker marking on the inside. The six anthers at the centre of the flower appear darker in ultraviolet. Bees and insects can see ultraviolet light, and the dark markings on the inside of the petals may help guide them to where the pollen / nectar are located.

In infrared the tepals and petals remain lightly toned. However, the darker marking inside the petals is missing. The anthers appear brighter than they do in visible light.

The snowdrop is a common flower throughout the UK, and is one of the first flowers to emerge in the new year. Typically they flower around February in the UK. They prefer damp, shady areas, and are often found growing in clumps in woodland.

This image is available free to use under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence. If you use the image, please credit (and link back to) Vis UV IR flower photos.

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Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Nice serie.
4 years ago.
Lil I --( Irene2carton old flickr name )
Lil I --( Irene2cart…
stunning shots each one beautiful
i especially like the first one
it is a wonderful series
4 years ago.
Lil I --( Irene2carton old flickr name )
Lil I --( Irene2cart…
wishing you a lovely start to the week
Irene
4 years ago.