Monday, January 14, 2013

Seed Natural Art


 How would you describe this photo above? It could have been mimicking the rays of the sun! But why is this structured this way, structure for function!


This is actually a seed of a big hardwood tree. The light, thin, winglike structure is necessary for dispersal of the seeds to wider areas, propelled by the wind. The seed is not eaten by birds so a unique structure is needed for dispersal. I don't know if this structure is evolutionary acquired, but isn't it a great appendage! I am awed by that, as am awed by nature. Whose mind goes to this structural design, we all know!

27 comments:

  1. Looks like the seed of the angsana tree, only that is green. I've just posted on Proboscis monkey. Can go to your FB post on the lynx spider - said its unavailable??!

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    1. maybe because it is posted in a group, sorry. I searched my sites, i didn't post it in blogs, so i searched it in files and posted in own FB wall: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4427995891965&set=a.3203952131636.141749.1051101042&type=1&theater

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  2. I love your photos! I was just watching an old Moody Science Institute program that showed many very unique ways seeds are dispersed. Wild oats are truly amazing!

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  3. Wow, how different things look close up. wonderful picture.

    Herding Cats

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  4. Fantastic macros.....visually stunning! Beautiful!
    Victoria

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  5. you made it so artistically impressive. great job.

    regarding your question about the fruit harvest, we do have friends who would come and pick fruits (plums on summertime) and we share them with family too. but this round of oranges that i picked yesterday, i'm going to juice them. it's flu season and what better way to combat that than freshly squeezed OJ.

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  6. amazing! i sometimes wish my eyes are like macro lenses so i'd see all the tiny details.:p

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  7. The first photo gives different perspective. Very nice.

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  8. Wonderful macro shots, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day!

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  9. Nature is so extraordinary!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. A work of art from nature - the greatest artist of all.

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  11. Great macro shots, love it!
    Have a nice week and warm greeting, Anna

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  12. Interesting post. I really like it.
    Super blog. Yours. ^ ^

    Have a nice day. ;)
    + Welcome to my blog.
    If you want to put it in your followers.

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  13. The hand of a Master created that :) your first macro is like a lovely piece of abstract art Andrea!

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    1. Oh Rosie of 'leavesnbloom, i didn't recognize this profile name as yours! Thank you so much, you are so kind!

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  14. It's structured like the life giving sun... our Creator is a genius. Great shot, by the way...

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  15. Great entry!
    It could be due to the complexities of cell polarity and the following tip growth, causing unidirectional formation of cell wall. Personally I am bit uncomfortable to describe this with the term "evolution". I would rather use "adaptation" to the surroundings of this organism.
    Yes I am Plant molecular genetics and cell biologist with Ph.D degree in bioscience:) And Oly user, as you know!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Yoshi

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    1. Hi Yoshi, thank you so much. Your photos are great that will give me so much inspiration to emulate, I hope to learn from you some photo tips too! Oh yes i can relate to your explanation of the "adaptation" thing here. Your major field is so difficult, awesome! And excellent in photography too, I should dig your site more!

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  16. Oh beautiful, in it's concept(thanks you for the interesting facts here!), in it's structure, and appearance!. I'm awed too!

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  17. An amazing photo!

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  18. I love when people show the beauty in the smallest most commonplace thing.. Lovely and perfect for Nature Notes Andrea..thank you..Michelle

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