Palm Beach Sunset 11.27.10



Palm Beach Sunset 11.27.10, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

I was just trying to shoot anything at this point. The photos prior to this one had a girl who kept running back and forth stopping briefly to take pictures of herself. It was quite strange. This shot was after waiting for multiple people to finally get out of the frame and I think I was lucky to get one without people because their were quite a bit on the beach despite the nasty clouds.

On a whim I asked my girlfriend to take a drive to the beach and the sun was already setting and I noticed this behemoth cloud and wanted to photograph part of it.

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Bubbling or Droplet Regurgitation

I observed this behavior while walking on the boardwalk at Loxahatchee. The sun light was concentrated on a particular bush and I noticed an unusual amount of fly activity (house flies, green flies, etc.).

These flies were landing in direct sunlight. I was able to first notice this "bubbling" behavior by using my 90mm macro lens with full extension tube set.

The liquid was not actually being deposited on the plant. Instead after various durations I would see these flies re-ingest the liquid and repeat the process.

One explanation for this behavior is that it concentrates the fly’s meal by evaporation.

The fly regurgitates the liquid portion of the food, holds it whilst evaporation reduces the water content and the fly then swallows a much more concentrated food meal without the water content. This continues until sufficient amount of liquid is left for the fly.