I am fascinated by the minute details in our complex world. That something as simple as a small green leaf can be found to have this kind of complexity blows my mind. If we zoomed in even further we would find even more detail to look at. Our planet, and indeed the universe itself, is an amazingly intricate and resilient system.
This leaf was one of the first signs of how resilient of a system it can be. Only a few years after a devastating forest fire burned through all the dead loss caused by the Pine Beetle infestation in Rocky Mountain National Park, this leaf, and many like it, had started to reclaim the scorched earth. A fungus that the beetles spread killed hundreds of thousands of trees, a fire cleansed the area, and then the system rebuilds… it is an amazing thing!