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Peculiar pollination

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By MissNysha   |   
Published: February 4, 2012
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From CSUMB's Science Illustration program, this was the assignment to create a "special view" type of illustration. (In this case it is a glow-through and time lapse) These types of illustrations cannot be simply photographed, so illustration is necessary to show what needs to be said.

Here, I show how the monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus) reacts to being touched by a pollinator (Anna's hummingbird). You can even go and mess with the flowers in the wild and they'll still react to your finger's touch.

Watch a video of it here! [link]

The reason they close is a mystery - they've been studied and it is hypothesized to either prevent self-fertilization or increase pollen dispersal to other flowers.

Made and painted in photoshop. (with vector masks!) This image I originally put on a page with lots of text, and here is just the cut-out image and caption.

Art copyright me. For display only. Do not use without my permission.
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Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows
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seanstankowski's avatar
Wow, this is incredible! I am actually working on this species of plant and was wondering if I could commission you to do couple of illustrations of flowers for a for paper we are going to publish??
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Hello! Thank you for your interest! :) It may already be beyond your publication date, but please use my email (jw@jillianwalters.com or nysha@brokentone.net) for business offers! (Otherwise I won't see them promptly here!)
WillemSvdMerwe's avatar
Very nicely done, and very informative!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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HedwigtheStrangeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Really lovely illustration. It's just so pretty! And cool biology, too!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :3 Glad you like it.
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kristinakariStudent General Artist
cool
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Scarlet-NokitsuneHobbyist General Artist
This is awesome.
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Glad you like it! :3
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Alen-ASStudent Artist
woooooow *0*
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
^____^ Thanks!
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