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Grand Teton Sunrise
Climbing Cabo de Home
Fuego, Tierra y Viento
Thanaka on the face of a young student in Mandalay.
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The Land of the forgotten Gods V
Baltimore train station
Salame Tandilero
Garden Star
Golden Cape beach in Croatia under the Milky Way
Brachygrottis 0504C
Mongolian Sunset
Big Dip
The Casino on an overcast day in Catalina Island
One more day without home
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Cascade Morning
My Dogs eyes
Cooper's Hawk
Black sand beach in Iceland and mountains
Tsitsikamma
Aged Rose
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brachygrottis 0504C

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: 08.2015
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