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Cross section of a leaf bud of the common yellow water lily, Nuphar lutea, magnified 12 times.

This image was among the winners of Nikon's 2015 Small Worlds microphotography competition. Photographer was Dr. David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom.

Posted by Ellen

We saw several of these egg trees in Nepal; the eggshells are emptied out and then stuck on the ends of the tree branches. We never did learn what they are all about.