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By Rogerex
These little melons are about 1 inch in diameter. The plants (weeds) that produce them can be up to 30 feet across, and grow in profusion after summer rains. Sheep and cattle don't like to eat them, and farmers curse them because they block tillage equipment. Children like to throw the melons at things (including other children) because they splatter on impact!

Tags: Melon Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Weed

Voters: chrissd, iansanderson, Paul_cats and 17 more


chrissd 13 304 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 5:37AM
excellent story Roger, great shot

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Paul_cats 13 61 22 Scotland
14 May 2007 7:56AM
Good capture and excellent story. Not sure that I would like to be splattered by one though!!
AlanBW 13 20 England
14 May 2007 11:33AM
Superb detail, simple yet so effective
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
14 May 2007 11:43AM
We have something similar to this-- the Star Cucumber-- Many more spines and just as invasive and problematic--
You have done well with this image of such a tiny spiny plant!

franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 2:14PM
Nice story to go with this, it looks like a second world war mine!

dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 2:54PM
I had no idea they were so small..this looks HUGE!! A realy interesting story to go with it.
Brilane 13 5 12 Wales
14 May 2007 3:53PM
Terrific definition, a great close-up.
mairit 12 1
14 May 2007 5:43PM
Intresting image....ue my first inpression was a toy of some sort....loosks huge..very sharp shot..i like it ...mairi
foggytwo 16 36 1 Scotland
14 May 2007 7:42PM
Looks to me like they were made for chucking Roger,LOL.
Its a super close up image.
14 May 2007 8:06PM
Really good focus on the subject. Also like the subject as well!
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
14 May 2007 10:06PM
Looks like a fun pastime for the little ones. Nice close up!
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
14 May 2007 10:07PM
Looks like a fun sport for the little ones!
JimV 13 6 3 Canada
15 May 2007 5:23AM
Great close-up and story Roger, looks far too nice to just be a nuisance!
Rgds., Jim
RockArea 13 18 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 6:48PM
Looks like an evil little weapon! Thank goodness we don't have them over here! Nice sharp pic!

Mavis 17 143 2 England
20 May 2007 6:27PM
SPLATT !! Can just imagine the fun with these peculiar Time Bomb shaped Melons Roger . Think it would look quite evil in B/W xxxx
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2007 8:19AM
Great picture, looks like a little alien.
3 Jun 2007 9:27AM
The joys of childhood --- Wish we had them back home when I was younger. An idea might be to photograph a mass of these melons as an abstract - I bet you they'd look great.

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