This time my photos of the ginger lily blooming succeeded, and I will put together a time-progression as is my plan soon. Here are three of the photos, and I have put them on here to show how fast the blooms change - these shots were over the course of just one day, and look particularly at the two blooms at the bottom, and how the stamens change from the first shot to the last. Also how the top bloom opens out, and how the stamens to each side stand up and out in the morning, and droop within a couple of hours. The total time frame here is 7 hours!
I know that ants and aphids have a close tie. (read more about that at this link) Ants feed on the sugar produced by the aphids as they feed on a plant. I have been watching a hibiscus bud become covered with aphids, and this morning took some close-ups (macros) of the bud. The aphids are swarming, and I caught an ant in one of the pix. I was using Aperture Priority set to AF Macro, daylight white balance as it was in the morning sunshine, and ISO 100; f/2.8. I cropped it closer in the computer, but I love the way f/2.8 gives that blurry background behind a sharp image - you can tell I'm still a beginning photographer by the way I am in awe at normal photographic results!
Technical details: Aperture Priority, F/2.8, shutter speed 1/500, ISO 100, AF 1 area, white balance - daylight.
Also I recommend the post at Rob Sheppardfor thoughts on self-judgement of your photography. I have been reading "Photography and the Art of Seeing" by Freeman Patterson which talks about thinking sideways in your photo composition and links in with this post (in my head). A stimulating book and not expensive.