Nature's Gift-Wrapping

Challenge #78 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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Here's a challenge, at this time of gift-giving, to show us interesting ways nature wraps its treasures. The subject may be the outer wrapping OR the treasure inside, or both. This might be a seed pod, a case moth (or bagworm), a shell, a bud just opening, a rock with crystals hidden inside.... Macro and close-up shots welcome. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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Agapanthus just bursting into bloom
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Submitted: Tuesday, 24th December, 2013 09:49 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 22nd November, 2013
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 200
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