In my post the other day about flowers lining a lane on Taketomi Island (a tiny, culturally-unique island far south of Japan), I asked about the color of the flowers. No one got it right until I gave a hint, that being a botanist might help. Then a botanist got it right.
Here are some close-ups...
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — full exif
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — full exif
Hopefully, regex.info's resident botanist will offer some, er, color commentary on these little friends in the comment section of the post.
That's not the only botanical surprise we found in the coral walls. We often found plants growing from them, apparently like a weed, as seen here in a photo that six-year-old Anthony took with a cell-phone camera:
The coral stones and plant are mostly achromatic, made more so in Anthony's picture by the low quality of the cell-phone camera. Still, it represents well how they looked... like long-dead, long-dried remnants of some previously-thriving plant. As such, we didn't even really notice them for much of the day.....
So it was with considerable surprise that when I finally paid close attention to one and noticed a bit of color, then touched one, and found that they're quite living: soft, supple, with a bit of bulk and bounce...
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400 — full exif
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 560 — full exif