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Texture

Photograph of a textured plant stem

Photograph of a textured plant stem

The angle of the sunlight falling on the plant in this photo exposes the texture of the woody bark.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Scale“, “Layered“, “Structure” and “Textures“)

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Buds

Photograph of dry flower buds

Photograph of dry flower buds

The buds of this plant have either died due to the lack of water, or because their season is over. Normally plants are adorned with colourful flowers and buds, but in this case the only colour present on them is brown, which is not really known for its vibrancy. Perhaps after these dry buds fall off new ones will emerge and the plant will not look so dull, but for now the plant is stuck with its appearance.

This photograph is a depiction of change and transition: The plant is in the process of replacing its old flowers with newer, healthier ones. The first step in this process is to get rid of the old flowers. The details of the buds are visible.

Red Flowers

Photograph of Red Flower

Photograph of Red Flower

The red flowers in this photograph are very peculiar. In my opinion, their peculiarity arises mainly from their shape. Most flowers are wide and flat. The width of the flower normally exceeds the depth or height. In this case however, the flowers are extremely long, almost tube like in shape. The strange, long structures emerging from some of the flowers make them look like bright red snails. (especially the flower at the bottom right).

The structure of their petals also somewhat resembles carnivorous pitcher plants, which use their pitcher like structures to catch and dissolve prey. Of course, these flowers are completely innocent, and do not eat insects. They are also must more pleasant to look at and to smell than pitcher plants, which are known to smell like decaying flesh due to trapped insects inside them.

The last aspect of these flowers that makes them peculiar is their arrangement on the plant itself. Usually, flowers emerge in bunches at the tip of a shoot, or individually. In this case however, the flowers are emerging from the complete length of a branch of the plant. This is a normal pattern for the emergence of leaves, but it is very uncommon for flowers.

Despite all the peculiarities I have found in these flowers, I have still not been able to find their name. If anyone knows what these flowers are called, please let me know in the comments below.

 (Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Vivid“.)

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Bamboo

Photograph of Bamboo

Photograph of Bamboo

The harsh cold had wiped out all the greenery in a group of  northern Chinese villages. Snow lay fallen wherever the eye looked and people could scarcely be seen leaving the comfort of their homes. But for the occasional smoke from a chimney, there were no signs of any life. As harsh as it was, that winter too eventually passed. And like every year, the winter gave way to the warmth and beauty of the spring. Life was breathed back into the region. The ground thawed, flowers blossomed, and the area started recovering its greenery. Bamboo forests that had lain dormant and freezing for months shook of their white coats and started growing again. Bamboo was a symbol of prosperity and well-being and its reemergence from the snow was taken as a sign of good fortune by the people of the area.

The central stalk of bamboo in the photograph was around 35 feet in height and 15 centimeters in diameter. That may not seem like much, but one must remember that bamboo is not a tree, it is a grass. In fact, Giant Bamboo is the tallest known grass in the world. The largest stalks, found in Asia, have been known to grow as tall as 100 feet and as wide as 30 centimeters.

(Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Depth” and “Vivid“)

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Holey

Photograph of a Leaf

Photograph of a Leaf

A hungry caterpillar somehow managed to climb up a tall plant and reach one of the lush green leaves he had been observing from the ground. A warmth rose in his body at the prospect of the meal he was about to enjoy. However this warmth was unceremoniously extinguished when the caterpillar saw that another caterpillar had already eaten from that particular leaf. Even the beautiful texture and lush greenery of the leaf could not do much to improve the caterpillar’s mood. Caterpillars are known to be greedy and gluttonous, so it is understandable why this particular caterpillar was aggrieved at finding the leaf half-eaten. Not willing to compromise his morals by eating a half-eaten leaf, he made the long journey back down and started looking for more leaves, preferably uneaten ones.

The above story is probably a decent reflection of the actual story surrounding the leaf in the photograph. The leaf is lush enough to attract most caterpillars, and the holes certainly resemble caterpillar bite marks.

If the story is accurate, a marvellous transformation is about to occur. The caterpillar, fattened up on leafy treats, will soon spin a cocoon around itself, shielding it from the outside world while the change takes place. After a while, it will emerge as a beautiful butterfly, almost unrecognisable.

(Submitted to “Details“, “Close Up” and “Tuesdays of Texture” @ https://narami.wordpress.com/category/tuesdays-of-texture/)