Spotted this on the beach near one of the Common Purple Snails shown the other day to you. Looked at first like a shell on top of some dark sand. Moving to the side so that I didn’t cast a shadow on it I saw the vertical clear “sail” on top. It is a By-The-Wind-Sailor (Velella, aka Sea Raft. It makes sense that I saw it near one of its predators, the Common Purple Snail. The By-the-wind-sailor is related to the Men of War. This one was only a couple of inches in size; not sure how large they can become. I continued to be amazed and humbled by nature’s designs. Brand new miracle found (witnessed?) this morning!
Building design is the art of an architect. Observing building details, both inside and outside is a pastime of students, historians, engineers, and appreciative novices. The compressed population of buildings in downtown Chicago yields unplanned design elements. Quality of these inadvertent designs are left to the observer, professional and amateur.
Quiet moments gazing at the wet forest floor that edges Volo Bog. Still and single in color, yet richly active with textures and diversity. Mosses, ferns, mushroom, and more….
I am sharing one more image of one of my Peonies in bloom. The slightly rosy hue on the innermost petals provide a hint of the delicacy of the bloom. The layers of this bloom seem to go on and on, fashioning opulent complexity in this single flower.
The slight blush of pink on the perfumed pedals show a softer charm than the deeper pink Peony from my prior post (Layers of Love…).
Both Peony varieties are rich in complexity.