Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Photo of the day: Bejeweled

0.1.7 Bejeweled by The Bacher Family
0.1.7 Bejeweled, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

I stopped at a viewpoint in Mount Rainier National Park to take pictures of the mountain, and got captivated instead by the raindrops nestled like little jewels in each circlet of leaflets on the lupines by the trail. Lupines do this intentionally -- or, to put it less anthropomorphically, they have evolved to capture these drops of water because it's to their advantage to make use of every bit of moisture they can, growing, as they often do, in poor volcanic soil. Each leaf is covered with tiny hairs that capture water from rain and fog, and every leaflet is folded into a tiny furrow that channels the water down to the stem of the plant. A breath of wind, a slight touch by a passing deer, and the life-giving water slides down the stem of the plant to its roots.

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