Lady Beetle on Queen Anne's Lace flower.
This may be my favorite photo of the year. Look closely. Do you see two silhouettes reflected in the beetle's elytra (the hard outer shell that protects the wings underneath)? A giddy surprise when I first noticed this on my computer screen! I'm in the center holding the camera. My husband, and best companion, is standing next to me. And on the flower to the right is another surprise: a tiny fly with gorgeous blue-violet wings.
The flower reminds me of a snowflake. And so the photograph seems appropriate to post in December to wish everyone a beautiful holiday season and a rewarding, healthy new year--both outdoors and in.
Beautiful! A great reminder that we need to STOP and LOOK more often.
Happy New Year to you both.
Linda, your New Year's is so well-done that rather than do my own, I'll cop out with this sentiment, "The same to you, Linda and Jim."
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