Dew

In this close-up submitted by Your Shot photographer Michelle Sherwood, a supple tropical leaf scattered with dewdrops almost resembles skin. And much like our veins, which move blood throughout our bodies, the veins marking the leaf’s surface move nourishment throughout the leaf. 
Reblogged from National Geographic

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Larger than life

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A harvestman cuts an intimidating figure, here silhouetted against a sunlit leaf in the Hofma Preserve in Grand Haven, Michigan. Also known as daddy longlegs, these creatures are often mistakenly labeled as spiders. Though both spiders and harvestmen are arachnids, harvestmen are closely related to the scorpion.

Reblogged from National Geographic

Don’t blink

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While exploring in Vara Blanca, Costa Rica, Your Shot photographer Sammantha Fisher captured this image of the nocturnal red-eyed tree frog. By day, these amphibians sleep stuck to leaf bottoms. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes to shock predators.

“I had seen a very large waterfall from the roadway that I hoped to explore and get a better shot of,” says Fisher.  “I hiked down a hill into a heavily forested area, making it very difficult to still see the waterfall, and with the daylight fading, I decided to turn back. As I turned around a red-eyed tree frog hopped onto a leaf in front of me, staring right at me. I was able to slowly step away … lifting my camera and taking the shot before it jumped much higher to the next leaf.”

Reblogged from National Geographic