Fractal Begonia; commended in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, Macro Art category.
I was photographing the show gardens at Malvern spring gardening show when I came across this Begonia which really caught my eye as backlit it really added another depth to the small leaf. The backlighting really showed off a translucent quality to the leaf showing its flame red veins and patternation. I am fascinated by the repeated fractal patterns found in nature and thought this Begonia leaf displayed a perfect fractal.
The leaf was backlit just after dawn for no more than 10 minutes and the light and pattern changed considerably in that time. I used a 100mm Canon macro lens for the shot. The result is a straight shot of the fractal leaf backlit in dawn light.