OK, don't expect much, but here's the little bit of flash animation I figured out how to do this afternoon. http://www.elisetomlinson.com/flash/index.html
Let me know if it works for you or not, it's my first ever attempt at this and I'm not really sure what I'm doing yet.
Also, it seems you've given up on the mystery photo so I'll tell you what it was, a close-up of some rhubarb leaves that are just starting to open. The photo below is of the entire plant, I used a close up section of the lowest leaf. Mystery solved! Click on the one below to see a huge stylized version of one leaf that looks really cool!