I've been trying to grow basil in my apartment for the past year, but for some reason, it is the one plant that keeps shriveling up and dying before I've had a chance to harvest any of the leaves. I'm not sure why. Anyway, when I was pulling out the roots of my most recent basil miscarriage, I was struck by how beautiful they were. So I snapped a few digital pictures and created this photo collage in photoshop. (I had taken the pictures of the birds a while ago when I was designing my website).