Tributaries

When I was studying the leaves of this tree last weekend, I was struck by the fact that the veins look a little like the multitude of channels in a river delta. In fact, just now I did a search for “river delta” and came up with this amazing NASA photo of the Lena River in Russia. What do you think? The veins in the leaf seem a little less random but there are similarities.

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  1. It is wonderful how some river deltas have that appearance like leaf capillaries or even the way in which certain trees branch. They also bear resemblance to certain extremities of the human vascular system such as the veins in the hand, branching out.

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