Up and Down

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Here’s looking at you

scarlet macaw pair

Oh! Canada

Heron pair

Backside of a Peacock

peacock backside

Even the backside of a peacock is a work of art. The biosphere is a continuing marvel. Happy Earth Day!

L’chaim! To life!

L'chaim

Rainbow grasshopper

Rainbow grasshopper

The far-fetched, the improbable, and the whimsical are at play in the leaf litter.

Palm Tree

Palm Tree by Becky Jaffe

Intertwined

Intertwined too

Lady-like

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WWJLD

sentinel lo res

I spotted this Jesus Christ Lizard (so named because she walks on water) sunning herself in a shaft of light in the forest’s dark understory. I couldn’t help but wonder: What Would the Jesus Lizard Do?

 

only bloom

when night falls

The beauty of the world stubbornly persists. Some flowers only bloom in the dead of night.

The Beast with Two Backs

meeting of the minds

Tangle

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I was supposed to be hard at work doing serious things, but then I noticed the linen hanging tape curled up in a tangle, and the interplay of light and shadow on the curved forms and you know how it is … the afternoon was derailed by beauty once again.

what the papaya means

toucan in the papaya tree

This is the toucan that services the papaya tree. Enticed by the allure of sugar and survival, the toucan perches on the branch and dips down to dig a hole in the fruit, visible in this photo. This is the papaya tree that has lured not only the toucan but dozens of other species (including we human animals) into carrying its seeds and spreading its genes throughout the region. The seeds of the tree must be scattered far and wide, or they will fester in the shade of the parent plant. Each seed must find its own patch of sunlight, just as each toucan must seek its own sweetness. There is a perfection to this arrangement, the self-interest of each individual organism resulting in the unwitting cooperation of the entire interconnected ecosystem. What lessons lurk in each leaf?

Papaya

papaya

This is the leaf that transforms sunlight and air into a voluptuous papaya. Like solar energy, awe is a renewable resource.

Exuberance

photosynthesis-exuberance

Is it just me, or is there a certain detectable exuberance to photosynthesis?

Pulchritude

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Poison-dart frog

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Several of nature’s people

I know, and they know me;

I feel for them a transport

Of cordiality

– Emily Dickinson

Bunnies

bunnies

Fractal

fractal-thinking

Much of the botanical world appears to be mathematics incarnate. This fleshy fractal is my photographic ode to the Natural Order.

Stairway to Trader Joe’s

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Interconnected

interconnections

May we all feel interconnected in the web of being. May the light shine on our broken threads. May we mend and weave in 2017.

Headlong

splash

“It’s good to go North. Good to go South.” – Buson

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Unruffled

unruffled