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During my visit this morning to my local botanical garden, I spent some time observing the trees and bushes along the edges of the perimeter road. I often find something interesting, even in an area with no flowers, and today it was the seedpods on the blackwood acacia bushes. These are native to eastern Australia and (according to Wikipedia) also known as Sally Wattle, Lightwood, Hickory, Mudgerabah, Tasmanian Blackwood, or Black Wattle. The first time I saw the shiny black seed surrounded by a red aril nestled in a curved brown pod (about a year ago), I was instantly fascinated, but I didn’t get good photos. I was much happier with my results today, but I also gave myself more time to explore. You are looking at a true macro image, as the actual size of the black seed is approximately 2 to 3mm long. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/11, 1/30 sec., ISO 1600, shade, handheld)

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Top 10 in “Seeds” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (August 2014)

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  • buttafli
    buttafliover 3 years ago

    wow Celeste this is a brilliant macro, how interesting, love the black seed against the vibrant red along with the brown & curve of the pod, great capture :)

  • Thank you very much! You are describing exactly the elements that caught my eye. :) These are fascinating seedpods.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    This is an aamzing shot Celeste and the composition is wonderful . . .

  • Thanks very much, Teresa. I had fun exploring the pods, looking for those that were especially photogenic.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    what a fascinating piece! excellent

  • The first time I saw these acacia seedpods, I was fascinated and asked garden staff for the ID. Thank you for your kind comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Irina777
    Irina777almost 3 years ago

    Very unusual ! Excellent macro!

  • Thank you, Irina! They are indeed so unusual that I took LOTS of photos!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You are a TOP TEN challenge winner in the CHALLENGE ACCEPTED group!!
    As voted by your member peers, your submission was TOP TEN in the challenge!
    You can also go to message board

    Challenge: Seeds

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 3 years ago

    Great work, congrats on the top ten challenge win!

  • Thanks very much!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Looks amazing. Great work.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! These seedpods are indeed fascinating.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • MotherNature2
    MotherNature210 months ago

    Incredible play of light and color – just breath-taking! Congratulations on your Solo Exhibition gallery. Your work amazes and delights:>) FAVE

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  • Carol, thank you for giving this one some attention. It’s an older image but one I’ve always liked.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Annmarie *
    Annmarie *10 months ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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