Surprises in Nature

Challenge #157 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this nature challenge, show the viewers something you have found which is beautiful, interesting, in an unexpected place, or makes you pause and wonder at it. Perhaps it is a flowering plant growing in a sidewalk, (footpath), an insect on a flower, where you didn't expect it to be, wave patterns in the sand, a 'face' in the bark of a tree.... There should be an element of surprise in your entry, so the viewer is able to enjoy that moment too. Macro and close-ups welcome. Please, no humans, domestic pets, and minimal man-made structures. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on the longer side.
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Butterfly Bullies
"Gotchya'!" Gopher's Surprise.
Dewdrop
Kissy Face Marmots
Unexpected Refraction
A new Beginning
FOUR????!!!!!
Free ride.
Love
Scream of Stone
Frogs Legs Ready to Serve
David against Goliath
The Mating Season
Giant Leaf Insect
crane fly's crystal ball
Two Heads are better than one...
Fluffy Fireworks
Electric Road
The Meal
Elephant Butterfly
Kangaroo Rock
bobcat stuck on tall palm tree
Bee Heading
Headless penguins or...
BEHIND THE ADVENTURE
Suprising Fly Macro.
Driftwood at sunset
New Life
Exercise for snail
Dirty water
Portrait of a damsel
Heart of flowers
Trapped insect
Insect Nursing the Young
Urban Avians
D fly & eggs_MG_4634
Here's looking at you, kid
GOTCHA!
Salute'.
Thanks For Stopping By
Pods
Trees in prayer..
Reflection in the sand.
Peekaboo
Bees steps on spider, lives to tell about it!
Friendship
Orange Moth
Petrified Sloth
Happy Trails
Black Widow at Work
Praying Mantis
Ridin' the ferry
Surprise after taking picture of butterfly.
Blue Tit with unusual beak.
Your looking at me
Flying duck orchid
Hanging on
Party At The Tree!
Bell flower
Ladybird nymph with disguise_2107
Roots Come To Life!
Embrace forever
I'll Show You (See Description)
Holdfast
New Home....  newcomers
Monster in the wood
Lift-off!
Surprised squirrel
Redeye cicada
We Are Not Alone
Weird Web Weavers?
Two
Pyramids
_bird balls 2
Dandelion
Nature Takes Over
Dog Whelk
I still have my eyes on you
Rana dalmatina
bird balls 1
360 degrees vision
Urban spring_metamorphosis
Turtle Head
KKK (color)
Closer to the sun...
little sparrow flew into the office
Bottoms Up
appletree
Summer in Svaneti
Incrediball®
The hovering hill
Oh! wow!
The bear in the bark
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Sample entries
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The Bubble-Blower
Sea Anemones on Land?
Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie....
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