I really like finely figured, well-grained pieces of wood. I've admired them for years in rifle stocks, cabinetry, dashboards, and so on. (Ever driven in a Rolls-Royce, where they not only make their own veneer, they also retain part of the log so that if your car is involved in an accident, they can recreate your veneer in exactly the same grain and detail?)
As you can imagine, I was very interested to discover a hardwood company offering pictures of precisely such woods, in their newly-cut, unpolished state. Talk about beauty in the raw! Here are a few examples out of scores on their Web site, most reduced in size to fit here.
Aren't they absolutely beautiful? There are many more at the link. Go down the sidebar menu, clicking on every page, to see lots of them. Drool-inducing viewing for those who like finely grained and detailed wood.