The image to the left is an x-ray image of a columbine. The “secret garden” is a collection of x-ray images of flowers have been taken by Albert Richards, a University of Michigan Professor Emeritus, over the past forty years. Check out the rest of his images at his on-line photo gallery.
Dr. Richards describes his collection as follows:
“Flowers speak for us in many ways. On happy occasions we send flowers to express our joy and on sad occasions to express our sorrow. Almost everyone is fond of flowers, but they may never see the secret beauty that lies hidden within the blossoms. When we close our eyes, we cannot see the beautiful flowers around us. Even with our eyes wide open, we see only that portion of the flower that is nearest us, the same portion that would be recorded by a camera.”