Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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

I just started a new round of plant-watering on Monday, so I'm having some trouble keeping up with the blog, but times like this are why I save up these pictures. This particular round is about evenly split: half of them are, I think, pretty good, and the other half were kind of disappointing. But a couple of the good ones are really really good. So.

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

Cissus rotundifolia. Okay, so it's not that interesting, but it's a thick leaf. Only so much I can do.

Euphorbia milii NOID. The leaves on these are so small that I'm actually kind of surprised I managed to get this much detail.

Anthurium crystallinum 'Mehani.' This seemed to work out pretty nicely. It's at least sort of a dramatic image. Incidentally, my 'Mehani' is blooming again. The flowers are still not pretty, though.

Cyanotis kewensis. Meh. Though you can see the family resemblance to Tradescantia pallida. Or at least I can.

Haworthia sp., tagged as H. comptoniana but might be H. tesselata or some other Haworthia species. The plant had to be tossed, unfortunately, due to mealybugs. I'm hoping to have the chance to try again.

Pellionia pulchra. Still haven't quite nailed this one: the leaves are both small and thick, so it's going to be a challenge to get right. Someday, though.

Cryptanthus 'Elaine.' This isn't what I was expecting it to look like; I thought the banding (vertical in this picture) would show up more prominently. Instead it's kind of a muddy mess. Oh well.

Cordyline fruticosa 'Kiwi.' Cordyline fruticosa can pretty much always be relied on for a nice transmitted light picture.

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Splish Splash.' I'm extremely proud of this.

Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Rain.' I think this went pretty well too, though it lacks the drama of the 'Splish Splash.'


Liza said...

Wow, you should be proud of the "splish splash," - it's gorgeous! Nicely done, mr_s, nicely done!

Kimberly said...

Wonderful shots! The Splish Splash and Tropical at the end are really SHOULD be proud!! The patterns are so wonderful to see, especially with the light shining through to emphasize each little detail. Stunning.

Ivynettle said...

More 'Splish Splash' love here.

Lately, I keep catching myself looking at leaves from below and thinking, "Hm, this would make a nice picture..." before I remind myself that neither am I going to copy your idea nor bother with trying to get my camera to focus on what I want any more than I already have to.

Anonymous said...

Ew, mealybugs! Treat the hell out of anything around the infected plant. Those suckers are insidious, hateful creatures.

Aaerelon said...

I love these pictures. I find the structures of leaves to be really interesting!

Nature Assassin said...

Lovely. Thanks to this post I can now ID my dieffie... it's definitely 'Tropic Rain!'