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The American Falls.
Photographing the Eclipse
Sea Lion napping
Jambelí Heron
Star trails over benedictine hermitage
pescadores de escollera
Carved by Water
coming home
Devotion to God
Street.
Girl Exiting Cab
Brachygrottis 0570C
Reflection
Red corner, red ring
Statue of Liberty and the Eiffle Tower together
Dust bath at the Baltimore Zoo
Squirrel Guard
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Watching the city go by
Village scene near Lisse, The Netherlands
The Land of the forgotten Gods X
Texas Falls Observation
Tidal pool reflection
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brachygrottis 0570C

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: 06.2016
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