In learning to garden, I have tried to be more observant of my plants – to notice their wounds, their color, the way the leaves emerge.
This new sprig of basil is only a few mm across. I’m glad that I can see its surface – the adaxial – better with my camera than my eyes.
Here, you notice the pore-like structures. As I recall, this is why you water plants the way rain does, rather than only at the soil level – to keep those pores clean.
[Shot with the “new” macro lens]