Photography ~ Kit–Manfrotto Mini Tripod, 11/03

I have added another piece of photographic kit that will allow me to take floor/ground pictures with my DSLR supported. Using the Canon remote app [Canon Connect], I can see what the camera sees and take the picture. That saves my neck & knees. After my grow light goes off tonight, I will take some avocado plant shots from a lower perspective. Stay tuned…

Cycling ~ RANS Citi Crank Forward–Updated Cockpit [Bling Added], 11/03

Replaced the remaining [lost one] Brooks leather bar-end cap with a pair red Fyxation Bar End Plugs. They match the bike’s color and several accessories.

Macro Photography ~ Avocado–Trichome [Hairs], 11/02

I noticed new avocado leaves have fine hairs [a fuzz] on their surface. My research tells me those hairs are called Trichome and many plants have them. It is nature’s way of protecting new growth.

Hairs on plants are extremely variable in their presence across species and even within a species, such as their location on plant organs, size, density, and therefore functionality. However, several basic functions or advantages of having surface hairs can be listed. It is likely that in many cases, hairs interfere with the feeding of at least some small herbivores, and, depending upon stiffness and irritability to the palate, large herbivores as well. Hairs on plants growing in areas subject to frost keep the frost away from the living surface cells. In windy locations, hairs break up the flow of air across the plant surface, reducing transpiration. Dense coatings of hairs reflect sunlight, protecting the more delicate tissues underneath in hot, dry, open habitats. In addition, in locations where much of the available moisture comes from fog drip, hairs appear to enhance this process.