This macro photograph of a Pinus Echinata (short-leaf pine) was taken in North Carolina on the property of a dear family friend, a brother-from-another-mother, if you will. I was experimenting with my macro lens, which I had purchased just weeks before, and I came upon this sapling with beautiful green needles. It was not until I had framed the picture in my camera that I noticed the perfect symmetry of the needles radiating from the center. Nature is beautiful on a macroscopic level, but upon closer inspection–the kind we did as kids, when we were closer to the ground, and the snails were within our range of vision–nature is simply breathtaking. Whether it be the fractals found on pinecones or even broccoli, there is a divine order to these elements. For me, there is no other explanation.
Click here for a larger version.