A fairly ordinary flower that is really interesting when you get a high magnification look:
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
A stream in the upland rainforest in Costa Rica:
From one of the places we visit on the Costa Rica workshop I’ve co-lead the last two years. It’s a great place for hummingbirds, orchids, insects of all kinds – on my last trip I found a trail with beautiful stream views. Gloriously messy, it’s not a tidy landscape.