Most at this stage are 4 to 6 inches tall and the stage doesn’t last long before they stretch out an become skinny and lose the circular layers, so there is a very small window in which they look like this.
Beautiful! And the ones in the background make a nice bokeh. I was having the hardest time getting your photos to load today but I couldn’t get my own to load either. But I could get other blogs with photos to load so I don’t know what that’s about. Maybe it’s a WordPress issue.
Might have been. I’ve been on and off the site just a few times today so I haven’t noticed anything. All of the photos that I put on the blog actually reside on Flickr and I just reference them from there, so it could have been a Flickr problem too.
I was pondering why those droplets might cling as they do, at the end of the tips, and something occured to me. When I’m working on a boat and it rains, the drops disappear very quickly on wood that’s sanded, but they hold their form on slick, newly varnished surfaces for quite some time. I wonder if there might be some difference in the surface between the tips of the leaves and the portions farther in. They are beautiful — they remind me of Spanish tiered fountains.
That is a big clue as to why the drops sit just on the tips. The leaf tips are newly formed and rather waxy at that stage of development and that may allow surface tension of the water drop to make it stay in a sphere and not wick on down. While they are at that stage though they sure are pretty!