Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Photo of the day: The hidden architecture of a leaf

Inspired by LinderRox's "In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous."

I've actually had this leaf on my dashboard for a week now, thinking I should photograph it; when I saw LinderRox's photo in the Our Daily Topic Explored list, I thought, now's the time to do it! I actually stopped at a viewpoint on my way home from work to take advantage of the nice evening light before it disappeared, put the leaf on a white piece of paper, and snapped away. I was getting too many shadows at first, so I switched to holding the leaf in my hand with the white paper in the distance behind it -- trickier, but in the end, effective!

I've always been fascinated by the structure of a leaf, with its primary arteries, secondary veins, tertiary capillaries, almost ad infinitum. This one looks like it's being slowly dismantled molecule by molecule and carted off to the biological recycling center.

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