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Monday, September 27, 2010

The first 50!

fig. 50: genetically modified brown-eyed susan.

fig. 49: nature is filled with opposing forces.

fig. 48: decomposition usually follows a predictable pattern, as seen in this river pine.

fig. 45: squirrels are easily mesmerized by the leaf of the rain drop tree.

fig. 44: some leaves zig where others zag.

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. 43: an older autograph tree leaf with its dignity intact.

fig. 38: in autumn, some leaves will use color bars to help get everything perfect.

fig. 37: many nuts are not patriotic at all.

fig. 33: the rare chameleobirch leaf can be harder to find than a 4-leaf clover.

fig. 29: often, nature's designs even outshine man's

fig. 25: a 17 year old river rock.

fig 1: leaf of the clown tree

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. 39: some leaves think they're better than all the others.

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. 31: by late summer, some leaves have distinguished themselves, others not so much.

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. 18: like the aurora borealis, orange pine needle stripes only appear under very specific conditions.

fig. 17: on cold days, xylem and phloem turn blue

fig. 26: Butter clams along Cape Cod develop special markings in order to stand out.

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. 36: some leaves make a statement right up to the very end.

fig. 35: where scientists see "plus signs" others find a divine symbol

fig. 34: bright colors and patterns can deflect attention from the aging process.

fig. 32: a colony of orange-backed flatbugs attempts to hide against a hosta leaf.

fig. 30: in some gardens, the most magnificent fronds often sit right next door to squalor.

fig. 47: careful viewers can almost watch the green turn to black.

fig. 46: ripples of pool water can permanently scar a leaf, even after it's been fished out.


Stone Art's Blog said...

i love this stuff, nice to see a new post! keep up the great work!

Typo said...

Original, creative and very interesting!

Anonymous said...

This is incredibly imaginative. I think I like how squirrels become mesmerized by the leave of the rainbow drop tree. That one gave me flash backs to early childhood for some reason. Wonderful post!

Dov said...

I adore your nature photography, always fascinated to see what grows in the other side of the world. please keep your distance from the Piranha acorns, so we can enjoy your unedited photojournalism for a long time.