Just one drop of water pooling at the lower curve of this bud, gathering and reflecting its plummy color.
Then there’s the way the sunlight gives the leaves a waxy-looking finish.
This, by the way, is just a little bit of the glory that abounds at Longwood Gardens.
Because the details make all the difference between “What?” and “Wow!”
Delicate paintings of insects and flowers illuminate the Last Gospel passage from the Gospel of John, in this fifteenth- or sixteenth-century manuscript. I would just as readily expect these drawings in a contemporaneous book of science, with the different parts of bug or bloom carefully labeled.
Reflection off the body and translucent wings:
Antennae and fringed petals:
Because the details can make the difference between “What?” and “Wow!”