fig. 42: in late- to mid-winter, some leaves can be found in Florida sporting unnaturally bright colors.
fig. 41: the male of the autograph tree forms garish yellow patterns on its leaves in an attempt to attract a mate.
fig. 29: often, nature's designs even outshine man's
fig. 25: a 17 year old river rock.
fig. 22: to get by in a white world, some leaves will go so far as to change their appearance.
fig. 13: fantail fungus spreads over the face of a streamside stone.
fig. 5: rhododendron showing signs of pixelanimus infestation
fig. 21: the different colored needles of the eastern hemlock rarely intermingle.
fig. 6: leaf of the rare Christmas maple
fig. 23: bark of the invasive zebra birch, introduced to the New World in 1789.
fig. 20: local children must climb high into the plaid tree to harvest its young leaves, traditionally worn at vernal equinox celebrations.
fig. 24: the lodgepole pine, pinus contorta, is especially vulnerable to attack by leopard print disease, spread by contact with wild cougars.
fig. 40: an old wives' tale says that 6 painted hearts will keep the frost away.
fig. 16: the more ostentatious river rocks generally stick together.
fig. 23: last season's colors can still be found on many rural leaves.
fig. 15: mountain laurel with peacock syndrome.
fig. 12: late stage orangification of the cholla cactus
fig. 11: pinecone showing early signs of blueitis.
fig. 2: inner bark of the immature clown tree
fig. 3: stripeticoccus bacteria on maple leaf
fig. 4: eastern redbud leaves can camouflage themselves for self-defense
fig. 7: unknown spores attack unidentified leaf.
fig. 8: metamorphic rock undergoing underwater metamophosis
fig. 9: fresh egg deposits of the shinyblue streamfly
fig. 10: solitary leaf of the chevron tree
fig. 14: hairy rocks hide behind a twig.
fig. 19: colored sticks huddle together for warmth.
fig. 27: On the north side of Cape Cod, clam markings bring to mind Robert Smithson.
fig. 28: Out toward Provincetown, the clams are a little more showy.
fig. 32: a colony of orange-backed flatbugs attempts to hide against a hosta leaf.