Magnification

There’s much in nature that the naked eye can’t perceive without assistance.  For example, look at this:

This is the eye of a fly.  It's looking at you; can it read your mind?  (Photo is in the public domain.)

This is the eye of a fly. It’s looking at you; can it read your mind? (Photo is in the public domain.)

Without seeing the magnified image, one probably would have expected a fly’s eye to resemble what we see everyday among people, dogs, cats, fish, and seemingly every other animal we encounter.  However, the compound eye we discover here reveals the excellent vision we could only presume every time one of these pesky creatures dodges a fly swatter.

This week, you will use words to accomplish similar revelations through magnification.  Begin by describing an object or event using broad brushstrokes; then, choose an element to look at more closely.  That element should add insight to the original description.  Then, take a closer look at some aspect of that magnified image and inform your readers what the new details reveal.

You may zoom in as often as you want but each magnification should continue to provide an ever closer look.  For example, don’t magnify the fly’s eye and then switch to the wings.

Compose and publish your response to this prompt on your own blog.  Be sure to include a link to this post so that a pingback will appear here, thereby allowing other participants to discover your work.  Please be patient if your pingback does not appear immediately; I am not at my computer 24/7 and I have to approve all pingbacks.  For this reason, using the bcandelabra tag may be advisable.

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