“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”
The Buddha -- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Closer Look

"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."
Henry David Thoreau

I try to keep my eyes closer to the subjects of interest because many times i discovered wonderful patterns and designs

Queen of the night is one of my favorite flowers. This particular kind starts blooming in the late evening into the night and at the same time releases an intoxicating fragrance. The flower is ivory white in full bloom. It wilts the next morning. This one is a closeup of the flower once it's over, my very first attemp to look closer :-)

Queen of the Night (Cereus)

Lotus is another flower that i love but the close-up below is of the leaf

Lotus leaf

At the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden i saw a group of cactus plants and the leaves have fascinating patterns on them

Leaves and thorns

I was waiting for my carwash and i saw this in one of the planters :-)


This water pattern looks like a meshed necklace


On the hiking trails i love to look closely at the tree trunks


and new growths like these at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

New Growth


Do you see the tiny 'feets' that cling so tightly to the walls?

Sign of Spring

One day i went to the beach and looking down on the sand i saw these forests

Sand painting

i was so fascinated so i kept shooting for hours. Some people gave me strange looks as if they wondered what i was looking at. You can click here for the slide show.

Later on the same beach when the sun began to set the reflection on the sand was quite spectacular



These were taken at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Wave 1

this one reminds me of the black jelly drink that i like very much when i was still living in Vietnam :-)

Wave 2

I have so much fun looking closer :-)

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