It can be a pretty strange world when you look into the center of a flower at high magnification. Here’s a somewhat surreal view of the feathery stamens of a spiderwort flower:
I’ve admired spiderwort for years for the vivid colors. Once I saw them flowering this year, I wondered if I could get close enough to make an abstract monochromatic image of just the stamens. This was taken at 5x magnification.
My friend Steve Gingold pointed out a web page about spiderwort – the beadlike things on the strands are single plant cells, and scientists use the occasional pink cell to estimate the amount of radiation in the local environment: a plant Geiger counter.