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A Suburban Cactus
Longs Peak in the morning light
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Devotees resting on the stairs of Shivala Ghat after morning bath
In your hands
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door of Zuwaila
Out to Sea
Bells and Whistles
Before and After the NYC Marathon
Jackson County Courthouse Walden CO
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The Land of the forgotten Gods II
Bull Container Pen - Deadwood Rodeo Grounds
Leaf Fungi
Dawning in Goma
The beauty of Campbell Falls
Dreaming
Smiling Mountain
Lonely Road in Death Valley
Take the net out
Winter Bubbles
Mountain Sunset
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brachygrottis 0527B

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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