This week, share with us the structure of something typically overlooked.

"Structure", photo by Jen H.

“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

We move so briskly through our daily lives, we don’t typically notice the details of the world around us. The structure of living things, the intricacy of our own bodies, even the components of human-made technology; all can be sources of wonder.

Look closely at the photo of the moonflower leaf below. Upon first glance, you will probably notice the vibrant green color, the heart shape. Now, notice the symmetry of the veins radiating out from the nearly perfect center line. Then, consider the microscopic cells that compose the leaf, hidden from the naked eye, but critical to its structure.

Photo of a heart-shaped moonflower leaf on a wooden tabletop.

“Structure,” photo by Jen H.

Today, take a moment to notice the structure of everyday things around you. Note the lines, freckles, and tiny hairs on your arm, and imagine the biological blueprint that created them. See the bricks of a building, and realize that they were individually placed there by another person. Then, share with us a photo of the structure of something wonderful. We’re eager to see details through your lens.

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  1. We go to a famous site for different reasons. It’s in our bucket list. Somebody like our mother or special someone has told us to. Or simply just for bragging rights. We do it to prove we’d been there.

    Whatever the persuasion, it will make the visit more interesting if we know some background information beforehand. This can be achieved by doing our homework or through the courtesy of a capable guide.


  2. I love how your description and insight for this leaf made me ‘stop’ . The day’s ceaseless thoughts and activities seemed rather small and not-so-important when I came across your post Jen. Lovely


  3. Structures and patterns are everywhere in our day to day life. We just don’t recognize them at a first sight. Having gone carefully, one can find a pattern in everything happening around, some say there’s nothing random in nature too!


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