Archive for July, 2007

Day #146, Pima cotton blossoming begins

July 26, 2007

Day #146, July 26

Time for the Pima cotton plants to strut their colors.

July 26, 10:15

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13:45

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July 27, 09:30

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13:15

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16:00

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July 28, 14:15

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The blossom stopped developing between 13: 15 and16:00 on July 27, looking closely at the photos, one can see degredation begin.

Day #136, Upland cotton blossoming begins

July 16, 2007

Day # 136 – July 16, a blossom is about to emerge from this badly focused Upland cotton husk

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July 17, it rained on Opening Day

08:05

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14:15

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17:05

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July 18, the petals are turning light pink

08:30

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11:45

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14:15, getting darker, and colder, petals seem to be closing

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July 19, 10:15

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July 20, 17:00 blossoming completed

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July 24, camera strap just touched the blossom, and remains of blossom separated from the husk.

Some cotton square photographs

July 13, 2007

Several shots of cotton squares. Red-tinted husks go with Upland cotton plants, green-tinted husks clad Pima cotton squares.

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Day #133, coccinellidae on the cotton

July 13, 2007

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Coccinellids (ladybugs) are now starting to appear. This one landed on an Upland cotton leaf. Enjoy those aphids!

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A mid-larva one was found on the underside of a Pima cotton leaf, but by the time the camera was located and setup, the shy guy was gone.

 

 

Day #122, along came some spiders

July 2, 2007

Each cotton plant now host spiders on the undersides of several leaves. Wherever they setup their webs, aphids disappear. Unfortunately, the spiders do not stray from their web-tents, and are constantly rebuilding homes to enjoy the next feast. These are photos of an Upland cotton leaf.

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Some other character is also having lunch, as can be seen by the holes on the leaf. Whatever it might be, the Pima cotton plants are untouched by this grazer.