Care to guess what this is?
A. a dragonfly wing.
B. a solar panel array.
C. winter fields in the mountains of Thailand.
D. a gecko foot.
E. the award-winning roof of a new modern art museum in Seattle.
Answer below the fold. . .
Yes, it’s a dragonfly wing. (I had to smudge out the scale bar on this one to keep it from being too easy.)
I was impressed by how, at a quick glance, this image was devoid of scale indicators – I really did think it was a macroscopic image of a landscape, or some kind of sculpture. And although I’ve looked at dragonfly wings under a dissection microscope, and I’ve seen how their surfaces undulate from vein to vein, I still automatically think of them as flat and stained-glass-like – a habit I’m not sure I can break!
This photo, by Gregory Paulsen, was a finalist in the Energizer Ultimate Photo contest at National Geographic.