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    SUNDIAL SHELL detail

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    Can you identify plants and animals when you get really up close and personal? Check out these 15 photos of cool close-ups.

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    Can you identify plants and animals when you get really up close and personal? Check out these 15 photos.

    It looks like hundreds of eyes, but this photo actually shows frog eggs.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • YELLOW ROSE

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    Not pink or white, this rose is yellow and represents joy and a promise of a new beginning.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • RIPPLES IN RED SAND

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    This photo shows ripples in red sand at Ayers Rock, also called Uluru. It is considered one of the great wonders of the world and Australia's best known natural landmark.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • Banana leaf

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    Once used as paper, banana leaves have a wide array of uses from cooking and wrapping food to using dried leaves for roofs.

    PictureNature via Photoshot / PictureNature via Photoshot
  • Blue morpho butterfly

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    This photo shows the wings of the blue morpho, among the largest butterflies in the world.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
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    This macro abstract of a section of a peacock's feather show the intricate structure and vivid color variation.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • Birch Bark

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    Birch bark, red and feather veined, remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) at..........

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    Crocodile skin -

    This large reptile's skin is composed of square and oblong scales.

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  • Mushroom

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    Mushroom -

    These aren't fish gills! This close-up shows the undercap of an edible mushroom.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • Romanesque Broccoli

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    Romanesco broccoli -

    Also known as Romanesque cauliflower, this edible flower bud is much more crunchy than regular broocoli.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • JAY wing feathers

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    Blue jay feathers -

    The feathers of the blue jay are beautifully iridescent with bright blue hues.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • ELEPHANT hide detail

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    African elephant skin -

    The African elephant's hide is gray with a wrinkly texture.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • Polytrichum commune moss..........

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    Moss -

    Polytrichum commune, also known as common haircap moss, is a species of moss found in many regions with high humidity and rainfall. They look like thousands of green stars.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • LEAF-TAILED GECKO

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    Leaf tailed gecko -

    With its huge unblinking eyes, the leaf tailed gecko is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It has no eyelids and its eyes resemble something you would see in space.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot
  • SUNDIAL SHELL detail

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    This sundial shell resembles a spiral staircase from above.

    NHPA via Photoshot / NHPA via Photoshot