They are huge water drops that were standing on a red table cloth. They were bigger than quarters and just sat there, refusing to have anything to do with the cloth. That intrigues me a little, but since I didn't have a camera other than the iPhone with me, I used it. When I looked at the photos, I saw the incredible vertical streams of color within the drops. You had to be at just the right angle to see them, which was the angle of an iPhone resting on the table top. I'm not sure I would have been able to get the Sony down close enough to the table.
The challenge over at 2 Things this week is Stare/Star.
If you stare at a star for long enough, and don't blink, and don't move, the star will draw a circle for you, or at least part of one. If you click the photo for a larger view, you might see some of the dimmer arcs too.
This is called a Resurrection Fern. It's an air plant that grows in the trees around here and gets its nourishment from the air and what accumulates in the bark. It doesn't hurt the host tree, so I don't think it qualifies as a parasite. This clump is growing on a piece of firewood from the big oak branch that came down almost two years age (see here). It gets its name from its response to drought. It will dry up and shrivel away to almost nothing, a brown clump of dead looking leaves, but then with even a small sprinkle of rain, it will revive instantly (resurrect) and turn into a lush green cloak for the tree branches.