Naturally Smooth

Challenge #83 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us examples of smoothness in nature, perhaps a flower petal, a leaf, nuts or seed pods, the hard, shiny exoskeleton of a beetle, a pebble at the beach... The subject should appear to be smooth relative to its environment. (Water-worn rocks in a riverbed or beneath a waterfall are acceptable, though we know that up close they are quite rough). Macro and close-ups welcome. Where possible, the subject should be outside in the natural environment. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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Hosta leaves after the first frost
Abalone shell
A volcano covered with ice
First hour of the dragonfly
Pacoti rio mar
Well worn path
4 inch Viper
Leaves 2 -- DSC07680
Velvety smooth
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Silver Birch Tree Trunk
Smoothness is Relative
1,600px MAXIMUM
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