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)
RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (July 2014)
Top 10 in “Seeds” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (August 2014)
Top 10 in “No more petal” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (June 2014)
Top 10 in “Seeds” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (March 2012)
Featured in Odd one out, strange and unusual (24 June 2014)
Featured in Nature’s Paintbrush (26 April 2014)
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