Celebrating the Inner Beauty of Nature!

From time to time, I like to take a break from art, and just celebrate one of my favorite things on this planet: The Natural World.

Even though photography is maybe only my fourth or fifth ranked creative pursuit, I was always crawling around with my nose to the ground as a kid, and when I got my first "real" camera for my 16th birthday — a Minolta SLR — my primary interest was in trying to capture the tiny "inner worlds" created by nature, but not really visible to to naked eye.

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The soft furry surface of sage leaves; almost like the ears of an animal... from a distance, they just look gray.

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The odd "landscape" of an upright-growing pinecone on one of our Mediterranean Mountain Spruce trees. They, too, are "furry," if only you look close enough.

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Apricots are orange, right? Well, not exactly. They are actually multi-colored... you can even see the tiny hairs on them, along the top...

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The amazing "architecture" at the heart of an orchid blossom. OK, so this wasn't exactly nature, I grant you... the orchids were in an arrangement inside the lobby of the Seattle Art Museum. But still...

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Tiny water droplets on the tiny twigs of a cypress tree... but wait, there are even tinier water droplets on the gossamer strands left by tiny spiders...

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And finally, the textures of things; here, an autumn leaf against an almost impossibly blue sky; light and shadow juxtaposed.

Perhaps this is a bit of a self-indulgent post... but I really enjoy the beauty of these inner worlds.

Thanks for looking, and sharing in my fascination with them!

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