'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Beauty in Unexpected Places

chameleon-eye.jpg

Seeing a chameleon is on my List.  This one looks as though it has been inlaid with little polished beads of turquoise gemstones, like some kind of odd Fabergé egg...

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  1. Beautiful colors. The turquoise is a surprise... I would not have expected that color on a chameleon.

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  2. Nature never, ever ceases to amaze me.

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  3. This particular chameleon must be near either a Madras plaid or a paisley print of some kind. I'm just sayin'...

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  4. Katherine, so good to see you! I do believe this beauty you present us today is unbeatable in its splendor and patterning!

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  5. Elizabeth18.8.10

    It is beautiful colourings, Katherine, and two things occur to me as I look at it. First, those fibonacci patterns of nature are there in all their glory, and second...oh dear, why does it remind me of pencil sharpeners?? Is it an optical illusion or is a chameleon's eye concave? x

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  6. Thanks for chameleon-comments folks!

    Elizabeth - If the structure of this eye is the same as human's, I think that what you are seeing is the convex protruding eye - the eyeball inside, set inside the surrounding thick skin, and that pupil (hole) is formed by the circular iris muscle. Behind the pupil would be the lens, and in front, over the whole eyeball, the tough transparent cornea.
    If you're seeing it concave, try standing on your head!

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  7. I have seen Chameleons, and they are wonderful. Of course the detail, through a glass enclosure is not the same as when viewed through a magnifying lense.

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  8. Yes Meggie - it is a very nice sharp image.

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