Sometimes, as in the success of popular girl singers, beauty suffices. This lovely display was put on by one of my cacti (a Mammilaria of some sort if memory serves) while I was living in Las Vegas. Cactus blossoms are usually very delicate and short-lived, some lasting only a few hours as in the night-blooming Cereus which lasts only long enough to attract small bats to pollinate it. Scan from an original Ektachrome slide.
A famous tree in a famous scene. Well, famous at least if you happened to be on the island of Okinawa during the 60's or 70's (and perhaps longer as I don't know if it survived its precarious perch on a high cliff above the beach). Anyway, this tree was photographed by me and virtually everyone else who came across the scene along the East China Sea coast. I shot this one in 1972 with a Canon F1. This is a scan from the original Ektachrome slide.
This butterfly was photographed inside the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara, Canada with a Canon G1 using the camera's internal macro focusing feature and ambient lighting. Despite there being so many butterflies about they proved to be disappointingly difficult to photograph because they just wouldn't pose for long enough at any one time.
Do not adjust your monitor! It is supposed to look like this. This sort of image is the result of photography through a filter which passes near-infrared radiation. If the CCD sensor in the digital camera is sensitive to this radiation you wind up with a false-color image. The foliage appears whitish since it reflects this wavelength strongly. Taken with a Canon G1 with a Hoya 72R filter in September 2001 while hiking along the Hemlock Bluff Trail.