Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mother Nature's Artistry

I'm not sure if this is "artistry" or "accident". In any case, I thought it was interesting. A single leaf of Costus barbatus failed to completely unfurl. This caused the tip of the next leaf to get caught in the curl, preventing it from opening fully. The process became self-perpetuating, with each leaf holding on to the tip of the next. Now this spiral ginger is a spiral staircase!

Mother Nature's Artistry is featured here on the last day of every month. Check back again next month to see what Mother Nature has been up to!


lotusleaf said...

Very interesting! Mother Nature is indeed the greatest artist!

Andrea said...

yes that is beautiful, it's good you were able to take the photo.