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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.
    Roger Tidman / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Yellow rose -

    Not pink or white, this rose is yellow and represents joy and a promise of a new beginning.
    Daniel Zupanc / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Red sand -

    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.
    Daniel Zupanc / NHPA via Photoshot
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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.
    Nigel Downer / PictureNature via Photoshot
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    This photo shows the wings of the blue morpho, among the largest butterflies in the world.
    Nigel Downer / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Peacock feather -

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

    Birch bark, red and feather veined, remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts.
    Carsten Krieger / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Crocodile skin -

    This large reptile's skin is composed of square and oblong scales.
    Bruce Martin / Photoshot
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    Mushroom -

    These aren't fish gills! This close-up shows the undercap of an edible mushroom.
    David Chapman / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Romanesco broccoli -

    Also known as Romanesque cauliflower, this edible flower bud is much more crunchy than regular broocoli.
    David Chapman / NHPA via Photoshot
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    Blue jay feathers -

    The feathers of the blue jay are beautifully iridescent with bright blue hues.
    Ernie Janes / NHPA via Photoshot
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    African elephant skin -

    The African elephant's hide is gray with a wrinkly texture.
    Anthony Bannister / NHPA via Photoshot
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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.
    Simon Booth / NHPA via Photoshot
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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.
    Stephen Dalton / NHPA via Photoshot
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    This sundial shell resembles a spiral staircase from above.
    John Shaw / NHPA via Photoshot