Monday, April 27, 2009

[Exceptionally] Pretty pictures: transmitted light -- Part IX

It's transmitted-light photo time again! This particular batch rocks much harder than usual.

(The previous transmitted light posts can be found here.)

Cyclamen persicum NOID. Not especially interesting, but what were you expecting? The leaves are way too thick for any interesting venation to show.

Eucharis grandiflora. Better. I can't remember now whether or not the color might have been tweaked just a little on this photo. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. They are very green.

Saxifraga stolonifera. This is the kind of discovery I make these transmitted light pictures for: I don't think I'd have ever noticed the spots on the underside of the leaves otherwise.

Aglaonema 'Golden Bay.' I wish I had room for one of these at home. I mean, not that I don't already have plenty of Aglaonemas, but this variety is particularly nice. There's just no spot for one to go, anywhere.

Spathiphyllum 'Domino.' Though this picture shows the variegation, it doesn't show the weird leaf texture so well. At first, I didn't notice the texture, and then I noticed it but didn't really think about it much, and now I notice it and think it's kind of bizarre and wonder what is going on with this plant.

Peperomia caperata NOID. The colors are weird: I can't decide if I like them or not. Focus is somewhat improved by opening the picture in its own window.

Laurus nobilis. I find it interesting that some plants, in transmitted light, look like light-colored leaves with darker veins running through, and others, like this one, look like dark-colored leaves with lighter veins. I haven't made a careful study of the matter to see whether the light-vein plants are all related or something; so far, I've just noticed.

Codiaeum variegatum 'Mrs. Iceton.' Sometimes I think crotons maybe just have too many colors. Makes 'em look all . . . busy.

Plasticum artificialis marantoides. Yeah, okay, this one shouldn't be here, technically, as it's not a real plant. I told myself it was for the sake of comparison.

Codiaeum variegatum, possibly 'Petra.' This was my header photo for a while.


Anonymous said...

I love the transmitted by light photos! Bay leaf, very surprising and cool! The concept kinda reminds me of egg candling.

CelticRose said...

The Plasticum artificialis marantoides is my favorite! ;-)

Love the colors! And the "scientific" name you invented, lol.

Ivynettle said...

I often point out plants to friends, with botanical names of course, and artificial plants always are "Plasticus yuckyus"

Also, I had no idea there were variegated Spathiphyllums.

lancetx said...

Took me a minute of looking at Plasticum artificialis marantoides to decide what was wrong with the picture - before I read your comments, kind of a fun brain twister.

The first one reminds me of some Star Trek episode - let's hide in this space cloud kind of thing.