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A series of images, showing this beautiful seedhead as it starts to break open, until it has dispersed its seeds. I cut this twig and brought it home with me, wanting to see/photograph its development. These images were taken over a period of two days.

Gomphocarpus fruticosus is otherwise known as the bristly-fruited silkweed, a very tall plant with a much-branched stem and white flowers (which I have never seen!). It is found in damp places and gullies, cultivated for decorative purposes, and in the past the silky hairs attached to the seeds were used as down.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:gomphocarpus fruticosus
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:30 Nov 2008 - 5:03 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, Garden, General, Plant, Seedhead, Seeds
Votes:83
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GrahamNobles
30 Nov 2008 - 5:08 AM

Good, sort of time lapse. Great set of shots.
Up awful early!
Graham

wvmountaineers
30 Nov 2008 - 5:15 AM

these are great close up shots with excellent detail.

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 5:17 AM

Terrific set of images Carol - real National Geographic style pics...Bill

Last Modified By goso at 30 Nov 2008 - 5:17 AM
tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 5:24 AM

excellent detail and very well exposed


Adrian

iancam
iancam  6 England
30 Nov 2008 - 6:11 AM

Super close-ups
Ian

DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:16 AM

This is a wonderful series of shots I love V3 the detail in all of the shots is fantastic

Debbie

RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
30 Nov 2008 - 7:17 AM

Excellent series Carol.
All of them i like,great amount of details.
Well done.
Robert

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:20 AM

wonderful series of shot!!superb work

norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:25 AM

Great set of images,V4 is my fav,well timed and captured...............

Tony.

Dimitre_P
Dimitre_P  5 Bulgaria
30 Nov 2008 - 7:39 AM

Good morning Carol, another beauty...congrats...
Dimitre

Koert
Koert  636 forum posts Netherlands
30 Nov 2008 - 8:19 AM

very nice!

Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:24 AM

Good set of images

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:26 AM

excellent capture carol, really great lighting. All great images.
regards
yung

BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:38 AM

Very good details
Burnsie

BBB
BBB  6 England
30 Nov 2008 - 8:39 AM

superb compilation, really like them
Wilf

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:43 AM

A fantastic set of shots Carol . Version 3 being my favourite . Like the children trying to escape the confines of home . Wonderful light on them too . xxx

cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:48 AM

A great set of shots. Very different. 3 and 4 look like fireworks.
chris

sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 - 8:59 AM

the detail in all four shoys is excellent carol, very well captured............marc

chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 9:01 AM

A great set of images, well observed and photographed.
David

whiteswan01
30 Nov 2008 - 9:04 AM

gorgeous shots well captured
Dawn

jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 9:19 AM

Great detail in these, quite a strange looking fruit.
John

unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
30 Nov 2008 - 9:27 AM

Such detail . I've posted a plant shot today and it doesn't come near to yours . Will need to go back out and experiment !Gillian

Last Modified By unicorn17 at 30 Nov 2008 - 9:28 AM
piccy
piccy  8 Wales
30 Nov 2008 - 9:35 AM

Nice progression of shots all with excellent detail.
freda

cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 9:43 AM

good set of images like the detail and clarity of v1.lesley

casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 - 9:54 AM

Well taken shots v2 and 3 for me
john

exposure
exposure e2 Member 101313 forum postsexposure vcard England
30 Nov 2008 - 10:00 AM

These are beautiful images Carol I love v3 beautiful.
Pauline.

MRSbiscuit60
30 Nov 2008 - 10:12 AM

Great work and patience shown here Carol. Your shots are truely marvellous. Trish

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 10:16 AM

Truely excellent set

Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 10:37 AM

Gorgeous series of images.
Sylvia

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 11:40 AM

What a remarkable series. They are special, both for their own beauty, and for your skill in photographing them. They are heading straight for my favorites!

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 12:05 PM

These are fantastic.
Sandra

BruceBMP
BruceBMP  5 England
30 Nov 2008 - 12:12 PM

All four versions are brilliant it is a really interesting series

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
30 Nov 2008 - 12:52 PM

All are beautiful.
Christine

videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 - 1:12 PM

Four crackers--Great presentation
Pete

ChrisWallace
30 Nov 2008 - 2:00 PM

Lovely set of images, well presented.
Chris

nigele1
nigele1  10
30 Nov 2008 - 2:05 PM

Carol
Great use of your flash, really sharp image, I like this a lot.
Nigel

Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 2:31 PM

Four marvelous images of different stages of the plant Carol, so well detailed and captured.
Bob

Ayelet_A
Ayelet_A  6 Israel3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 2:35 PM

Beautiful set of close up shots - love V3,it looks like fireworks Smile

Ayelet

Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 2:42 PM

Wonderful series, V2 for me the light is wonderful highlighting the fantastic details and lovely colours.

Silverzone
30 Nov 2008 - 2:58 PM

Excellent series of photographes. Love the different textures. Sylvia

Portknockie
30 Nov 2008 - 4:32 PM

All are great shots full of detail and great colours But for me V4 is the one....Smile

Don

dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 4:33 PM

What a superb series..the light is just wonderful and so much detail too. I love them all Carol.
Di

ringyneck
ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 6:38 PM

Two days...thats a long exposure.Turned out great though,have to try it myself Ho ho .

fantastic series.

keith

Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 6:53 PM

Interesting set.
Brian

BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 - 7:20 PM

You have done very well,4 brilliant images.
Dave

JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
30 Nov 2008 - 7:21 PM

Excellent series. All photos are really nice. I really like V3. JNC

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:28 PM

Superb work of a very interesting plant.

Rock

Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 9:27 PM

Excellent set of images showing time. Lovely clear detail.
Jann
xxx

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 9:35 PM

very sharp clean shot I like this a lot

crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6692 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 10:22 PM

Amazing series. Sandra

texturencolour
30 Nov 2008 - 10:50 PM

What a great set of images Carol. It's wonderful to see the process of their opening and seed dispersal. These must look like fairies when they are floating around.

viscostatic
1 Dec 2008 - 7:51 AM

Great close-ups Carol. All good but I like the light in version 2 and all the seeds spilling out in version 3 best.

Phil.

teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2008 - 9:21 AM

What a superb set of captures Carol. The detail and light in all 4 is excellent and you have illustrated the development of the process perfectly. Would look great in a top-class botanical book as, IMHO, the quality is exceptional.
Sylvia

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2008 - 11:28 AM

Very nice set of shots..
Great work...
Love the detail...

Dave

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2008 - 12:15 PM

I chose this from my favorites this week both for the excellent photography, but also for the illustration of the progression of nature. Very well done. It would make a beautiful poster of all four stages.

maratsuikka
1 Dec 2008 - 3:39 PM

EXELLENT work here Carol,Joline is right my friend

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
2 Dec 2008 - 7:51 AM

Great set, thought it was a birds head from the thumbnail

Nicky

Moj_o
Moj_o  6 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 - 10:03 AM

Excellent Series Carol Smile

Betty

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 11:15 PM

A terrific set of macro shots, this is work of the highest calibre

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2008 - 7:39 AM

Masterfully captured close ups,
Johanna

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