Cecropia Flower in Black and White
Hacienda Baru, Costa Rica
Canon 40D + 100 f2.8 USM Macro
Sometimes its the little things that catch my eye, draw me in, and give me pause for thought. In this case, it was a spent flower. The pollen was transferred, the ovum fertilized, and the remains left to rot. Such is the way in nature. An elegant flowers advertises it receptivity, attracts the pollinator, and withers away. This balance between the need to reproduce and the dowry paid to a facilitator is elegantly displayed across the planet. Here, it is a little flower produced by a cecropia tree where the forest intersects with a meadow.