“Lace” in this case seems to have been formed by the operations of time and small insects. Then again, beauty is where you find it. But with this composition there are no crafts-women laboriously creating small masterpieces by hand, as I once found on the Maltese island of Gozo.
I enjoyed re-assembling these Hollyhock leaves and stem. With Northern California’s winter upon us, this simulacrum is likely the only Hollyhock I will see for a number of months until early spring comes early and brings new green growths and flowers!