On a wing and a prayer

If you have ever tried to photograph a bee on a flower in crystal clarity and sharpness, you will definitely appreciate this wonderful macrophotograph by showing a lady bug hitching a ride and sailing through the air on a dandelion seed.  It truly brings to life the phrase “on a wing and a prayer.” This image is really quite amazing and was taken by nineteen year old polish photographer Jagoda Cholacinska.  She spotted it in  a poppy field near her home.  Jagoda said, that “I was walking in a poppy field when I noticed a ladybird imitating a witch on the pollen of a dandelion.”

I am going to think about this picture every time I take a tricky macroshot only to come home and conclude that it is out of focus or not entirely in focus.  Maybe it is truly magic!

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  1. Jan Hinsch October 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Hello David,

    this is not your ordinary kind of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale or Taraxacum erythrospermum). I have never seen the hairs of the parachute tangentially interconnected and the seed of Taraxacum is structured to look like a miniature corn cob. I have seen a mite hitch a ride in the way you describe it but a lady bug is a bit of a stretch. Surely the parachute is heavier than air and to carry a lady bug into the blue yonder (actually green in this case) would require a storm.