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Devotee
Sunrise through the pier
Posing Peacock
A day at the beach
An old mans castle
Aztec Cactus
Purple Morning
Moai at sunrise on Easter Island
Celebrating Religious
Colorful fall foliage
Boundaries
Brachygrottis 0546C
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Nature's Glow
dandelion love
Self portrait under the galaxy
Cannons on the Potomac
Oak Leaf.
Old muscle meets new muscle
Lunchtime at the zoo
Color Guard at Air Force Graduation Ceremony
The Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial in New York City
Lummi Island, Forest Fire Haze
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brachygrottis 0546C

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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