Nature's Beauty in Detail

Challenge #87 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us examples of some very detailed aspects of nature. We have just seen examples of the simplicity of nature; now let us see the wonderful intricate details of nature. Flowers, plants, insects, small animals, (not domestic), etc. Macro and close-up photos welcome. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on its longer side. Where possible, the subject should be outside in the natural environment.
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Bathing Mallard
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He was cleaning himself and decided to pose for my shot
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Submitted: Saturday, 22nd February, 2014 01:04 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 11th January, 2014
Focal length: 107 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
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