A water lily leaf in its imperfection . . . its asymmetry . . . its blemishes . . . the leaf detritus and pebbles collected at its core.
In the family Nymphaeaceae, this — one of many species of water lilies — lives in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Its underwater stems provide cover for resident garter snakes, seasonal newt parties, and tadpoles doing their best to grow to adulthood in the shadow of a lily canopy.