Hmm, tough challenge for me, because I don’t really know what refraction means. Reflecting light? Bouncing it off someone or something? How about its opposite, NOT reflecting light? Sucking it in instead? Here’s a lovely example (well, I think it’s lovely). I call it Heart of Darkness:
Don’t you want to follow into the darkness at the heart of this spectacular green? What is it? It’s a variety of green called tatsoi. Unlike many greens, it loves the cold, and can survive even under the snow.
The first time I ever saw it was two years ago at the Winter Farmer’s Market in Thorne’s Marketplace, Northampton. I had to buy it then, just as I had to buy it this morning, when I found it at the River Valley Co-op Market. Before wilting it like spinach leaves and splashing it with Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette, I had it sit for its portrait. Here’s the whole deal:
This is just a smallish specimen! They can grow, rosette fashion, almost a foot wide. And look how nicely the light reflects — or refracts?— off those glossy leaves. A wonderful green. Does it grow and come to market where you are? Or do you have exotic greens of your own?