Mullein drops

Mullein has a fuzzy leaf that accumulates drops. Viewed up close, the leaf isn’t a flat surface at all. It’s layered, drop on drop:

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Horsetail

An abstract closeup of horsetail (Equisetum), a plant that dates back to the Paleozoic.

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I found a brushy stand of it on the Oakwoods Trail in the Golden Gate NRA in Marin County, California not long ago.

Wood fern (II)

Another abstract, selective focus image or a wood fern from another angle:

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Wood fern

A sideways view of spinulose wood fern:

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I love repeating patterns like these. This image came at a cost, the mosquitoes in the ferny wetland ate me alive…

Petal edge

A minimalist view of the edge of a flower petal, taken at high magnification:

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I like the look of the edge as it becomes increasingly out of focus. It’s a small petunia-like flower from my garden.

Spiderwort

A fairly ordinary flower that is really interesting when you get a high magnification look:

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The flower is about half an inch across. You’re seeing the anthers and stamens at the flower center. The lines of bead-like stuff are single plant cells

Drops on a petal

I took this in a drizzle using a high magnification lens. The view of the petal kept changing as drops slid off and new ones fell:

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Spring flower

A pretty blue spring wildflower:

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Maybe in the waterleaf family, a Phacelia? Wish I’d taken a picture of the foliage.

Macaw feathers

A closeup of the wing of a cooperative macaw, encountered at farm in Costa Rica:

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Masked frog

Another image from the trip to Costa Rica:

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