Lace-like Leaf

This dried and brittle leaf lay on my deck near where I hang out clothes.  I noticed how it had turned sort of lacey in the loss of its green flesh.  It is like a little leaf skeleton, and I find it to be quite beautiful.

Of course I had to photograph it.

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Beauty in an Unexpected Place

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You would not think there would be anything of beauty at the dump.

We had some garbage to get rid of and this trip was a necessary evil. I held my breath as we rounded the corner, preparing for the inevitable stench. We were greeted unexpectedly by two eagles perched high on poles. We parked and I watched as thousands of seagulls took flight with the sun as their backdrop, the eagles unmoved by the activity around them.

Ignoring for a moment the mounds of garbage behind me, I captured this skyscape with my phone.