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Ballooning over Rocamadour
A Sight in the Underground.
Terra Vermelha
In The Mist
Back home at Sunset
The Land of the forgotten Gods VI
Rufous Stretch
Sky
Tunnel of Love
Tubastrea micrantha composite, underwater coral
Breathe Underwater
Brachygrottis 0615B
Prayer Time
On The Streets Of Bukavu
nite sky OH-IO cent
Splish Splash
Sunrise at the Pompano Beach
observadores de olas
Olive
Sand Hill Cranes coming to roost for the night.
Street at night in Downtown Houston
Lions meet at Halloween Highland Haunt Denver, CO
Giant Tortoise
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brachygrottis 0615B

Elegant Life of the Brachyglottis Brachyglottis is an evergreen bush native to New Zealand. It reaches about fifteen feet in height, with leaves that grow seven-to-ten inches wide over a five-month period. Then the leaves fall to the ground. People walk over these leaves, unaware of what lies beneath their feet. But bugs living on the ground love the fallen Brachyglottis leaves with their soft texture and rich nutrition. They eat the soft tissue of the leaf’s surface, leaving the tough veins to remain as a delicate memorial to the artistry and resilience of life as they slowly dissolve into the ground. When I found the partially eaten leaves, I was fascinated by the unique, ephemeral shapes left by the bugs after their meal.

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Date Taken: 11.2015
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