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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Silver Birch Tree Trunk
by RuthC
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Very smooth, and silky to the touch.
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Submitted: Thursday, 5th December, 2013 05:01 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 20th March, 2011
Focal length: 5.8 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F2.8
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Notes: Hand-held.
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