Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-19
Ficus leaf (with bug holes or ???)
If there's one thing I truly suck at (other than focusing a camera) it's saying good-bye, so we aren't going to say that. I will, however, say that the Plantidote team -- jerztomato, Kathryn and myself -- agree that it's time to take a break. It could be a semi-permanent, hiatus-type deal, or it could be more of a long-term arrangement. We don't know how that's going to work out yet. I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of us ends up doing occasional, spontaneous posts when the spirit moves us. (Or when we have an especially adorable Petidote, like tomorrow!)
But in the meantime, we need to turn Plantidote over to some other lucky person(s). If anyone is interested in picking up the reins, I can explain the process, which is really very simple and takes about five or ten minutes, tops. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and, in a matter of minutes, you, too, can be posting pictures of dead leaves.
Speaking of which, about the image -- I'm guessing that a bug sucked this leaf dry, leaving behind only the skeletal remains. But the leaf architecture is still interesting, imo. Nature is just so amazing.
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