Buds in the depths of winter: December 18th. Bedewed cobwebs. A harbinger of spring, but still about as wintry as it gets, short of frost or snow on the twig. And yet, this is not a "straight" picture. I flipped (or flopped) it, left for right.

Why? Because it felt right. It may be an artifact of living in a society where we read left-to-right; it may be a consequence of the way that graphs are presented, with zero in the bottom left hand corner, so that "up" = "more" and "right" = "more". A branch that rises from left to right has quite a different mood from one that descends. Or at least, it does to me, and it seems to bear more of the promise of spring.

I don't think I'd have done this if I'd been illustrating a botany text. For all I know, there may be some subtle asymmetry that gives the picture away, though I don't think so. It's a purely emotional response. In fact, it's something I almost never do, because I've seen giveaways all too often, including even mirror-reversed text. But it felt right this time. What would you have done? 

Technical details: Nikon Df , 55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor, ISO 400, hand held.

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