DownloadDescription: A fern leaf backlit by the sun. The sun shining through the leaves turns them light yellow-green. On the left side of the photo, a wisp of spiderweb clings to the ferns, shining in the sunlight.
DownloadDescription: A tiny blade of a grasslike plant growing in a crack in a rock. The leaves of the plant have a thin covering of fine white hairs. Around the plant grows rust-red lichen. Seen in afternoon sunlight, the leaves of the plant cast a shadow on the rock.
DownloadDescription: A lone thistle plant, not yet flowering, growing in a forest clearing with ferns and other plants.
DownloadDescription: A tiny succulant plant growing on a rock. The plant has thick pointed leaves with red tips. A spider web clings to the points of the leaves in the center of the plant. Around the plant grows sparse, short grass.
DownloadDescription: These succulants, commonly called iceplants, grow near the beach all along the coast. The thick pointed leaves are tipped with a red tinge. On the left side of the photo is a blade of grass with beads of water clinging to it.
DownloadDescription: A fern in the redwood forest, in dappled sunlight. Beneath the fern is the debris of thhe forest floor. Small plants grow among scattered twigs and fallen redwood needles.
DownloadDescription: Hundreds of dandelions in a grassy meadow, their seeds ready to blow in the wind. This picture was submitted by Rickard Olsson, and is used with permission.