One of my favorite things about spring right now is taking a closer look at the details of how plants grow. There are repeating shapes and overlapping patterns that make my math side giddy. And yet, I have so much reverence and quiet interest in these building blocks of life. It takes a surprising amount of quiet and stillness to take a macro photo like this one, and every time the wind blows my patience is tested. But I keep going back because I always see something new. It feels like this level of awareness somehow will make me a better artist. Even if it doesn’t, I feel like I am becoming a more curious and compassionate human being.