“The mosquito knows full well, small as he is he’s a beast of prey. But after all he only takes his bellyful, he doesn’t put my blood in the bank.” D. H. Lawrence

Pappus of a dandelion

 In species such as Dandelion or Eupatorium, feathery bristles of the pappus function as a “parachute” which enables the seed to be carried by the wind. “Organic as a dandelion seed, [the ship of our imagination] will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts”


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Potato chip

“The individual is increasingly deprived of the moral decision as to how he should live his own life, and instead is ruled, fed, clothed and educated as a social unit, accommodated in the appropriate housing unit, and amused in accordance with the standards that give pleasure and satisfaction to the masses.” Carl Jung scopes_and_quotes on…


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Blade of grass

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.” Rumi

Pumpkin seed

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Henry David Thoreau


A link in the chain of my necklace. “That deed which in our guilt we today call weakness, will appear tomorrow as an essential link in the complete chain of Man.” Khalil Gibran scopes_and_quotes on Instagram

Soft rocks

A piece of Roku the rock monitor’s shed skin looks like beach rocks. Second image is one of the bumps on the macro skin (third image). “Precisely the least thing, the gentlest, lightest, the rustling of a lizard, a breath, a moment, a twinkling of the eye – little makes up the quality of the best happiness. Soft!” Friedrich…

Achene of a strawberry

These dots are called achenes and are the true fruits of the strawberry plant. Each achene is really an individual fruit containing a single seed. “According to bundle theory, an object consists of its properties and nothing more; thus, there cannot be an object without properties and one cannot conceive of such an object. For example, when we think…


A peacock feather. “All the Colours in the Universe which are made by Light, and depend not on the Powerof Imagination, are either the Colours of homogeneal Lights, or compounded of these” – Isaac Newton scopes_and_quotes on Instagram.

Fibre of my being

A string that consists of 4 smaller strings. These are the fibers of one of those. “According to String Theory, what appears to be empty space is actually a tumultuous ocean of strings vibrating at the precise frequencies that create the 4 dimensions you and I call height, width, depth and time.” Roy H. Williams

The holes in the curve that connects the dots

The curve of the “s” in science on a page in the book from which the quote was derived. “Cartwright’s “Simulacrum theory” reduces scientific explanations to what is no more than a model that permits the derivation of what she calls “analogies for the messy and complicated phenomenological laws which are true of it.”  Daniel N….

Parched petal

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.” Sarah Chauncey Woolsey A dried rose petal. scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)

These legs were made for walking

A German cockroach leg. ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ‘  Charles Darwin scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)

Sancta simplicitas

A grain of table salt. “Salt is born of the purest parents: the sun and the sea.” Pythagoras scopes_and_quotes (Instagram)


Mist from the kettle. “A diver 10.3 m underwater experiences a pressure of about 2 atmospheres (1 atm of air plus 1 atm of water).” – Wikipedia Submerged in an atmospheric oceanPressures rise and set against the sunAir and water combine and cycleFrom the breath that begins a new dayTo the gasp that follows the…

Orange Crush

“There is no quality of sensation so bare that it is not penetrated with significance. But the dim little meaning which dwells within it, a light joy, a timid sadness, remains immanent or trembles about like a heat mist; it is colour or sound” Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception A sliver of clementine skin with a tapering…

The Martian Landscape of a Coarsely Sliced Beetroot

“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.” Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Two day decay (Rocket leaf)

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” Albert Einstein A fresh rocket leaf from the fridge left for two days on the slide.