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"Diamond Dusted"

Dorothy wrote:
>   Is that "diamond-dusted?''   Can anyone take a stab at defining that
descriptive term?  <

It's one of those phrases coined in quest of more concise descriptions.   It
refers to a sparkling overlay that is transparent and enhances the underlying
color, as opposed to a pigmented sheen.  The fresh flower has minute clear
"beads" covering the pigmented cells.   

The structure is easy to see if you examine a freshly-opened flower early in the
morning.  If you look at one of the falls from the side, with the sun behind
you, you should be able to see the transparent layer above the pigmented ones.
If you look at one of the falls from the normal "heads-on" perspective, with the
sun behind you, it should just appear exceptionally sparkly.

Of course, if you REALLY want to study layered pigments and see the individual
"beads", you get out the magnifying glass. . . .

Sharon McAllister (73372.1745@compuserve.com)

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