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gomphocarpus fruticosus

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: General Plant Flower Close-up Garden Seeds Seedhead Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
30 Nov 2008 5:08AM
Good, sort of time lapse. Great set of shots.
Up awful early!

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these are great close up shots with excellent detail.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
30 Nov 2008 5:17AM
Terrific set of images Carol - real National Geographic style pics...Bill
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 5:24AM
excellent detail and very well exposed

iancam 9 23 England
30 Nov 2008 6:11AM
Super close-ups
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 7:16AM
This is a wonderful series of shots I love V3 the detail in all of the shots is fantastic

RTDS 9 Cyprus
30 Nov 2008 7:17AM
Excellent series Carol.
All of them i like,great amount of details.
Well done.
30 Nov 2008 7:20AM
wonderful series of shot!!superb work
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 7:25AM
Great set of images,V4 is my fav,well timed and captured...............

30 Nov 2008 7:39AM
Good morning Carol, another beauty...congrats...
Koert 9 36 Netherlands
30 Nov 2008 8:19AM
very nice!
Ray42 10 3 England
30 Nov 2008 8:24AM
Good set of images
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 8:26AM
excellent capture carol, really great lighting. All great images.
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
30 Nov 2008 8:38AM
Very good details
BBB 10 2 England
30 Nov 2008 8:39AM
superb compilation, really like them
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
30 Nov 2008 8:43AM
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 10 4 3 England
30 Nov 2008 8:48AM
A great set of shots. Very different. 3 and 4 look like fireworks.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 8:59AM
the detail in all four shoys is excellent carol, very well captured............marc
30 Nov 2008 9:01AM
A great set of images, well observed and photographed.
whiteswan01 10 13 England
30 Nov 2008 9:04AM
gorgeous shots well captured
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
30 Nov 2008 9:19AM
Great detail in these, quite a strange looking fruit.
30 Nov 2008 9:27AM
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
piccy 12 8 Wales
30 Nov 2008 9:35AM
Nice progression of shots all with excellent detail.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
30 Nov 2008 9:43AM
good set of images like the detail and clarity of v1.lesley
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 9:54AM
Well taken shots v2 and 3 for me
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
30 Nov 2008 10:00AM
These are beautiful images Carol I love v3 beautiful.
MRSbiscuit60 10 224 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 10:12AM
Great work and patience shown here Carol. Your shots are truely marvellous. Trish
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
30 Nov 2008 10:16AM
Truely excellent set
30 Nov 2008 10:37AM
Gorgeous series of images.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
30 Nov 2008 11:40AM
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 Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 12:05PM
These are fantastic.
30 Nov 2008 12:12PM
All four versions are brilliant it is a really interesting series
30 Nov 2008 12:52PM
All are beautiful.
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 1:12PM
Four crackers--Great presentation
30 Nov 2008 2:00PM
Lovely set of images, well presented.
nigele1 14 1
30 Nov 2008 2:05PM
Great use of your flash, really sharp image, I like this a lot.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
30 Nov 2008 2:31PM
Four marvelous images of different stages of the plant Carol, so well detailed and captured.
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
30 Nov 2008 2:35PM
Beautiful set of close up shots - love V3,it looks like fireworks Smile

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 2:42PM
Wonderful series, V2 for me the light is wonderful highlighting the fantastic details and lovely colours.
Silverzone 10 2 England
30 Nov 2008 2:58PM
Excellent series of photographes. Love the different textures. Sylvia
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
30 Nov 2008 4:32PM
All are great shots full of detail and great colours But for me V4 is the one....Smile

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 4:33PM
What a superb series..the light is just wonderful and so much detail too. I love them all Carol.
ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 6:38PM
Two days...thats a long exposure.Turned out great though,have to try it myself Ho ho .

fantastic series.

Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
30 Nov 2008 6:53PM
Interesting set.
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 7:20PM
You have done very well,4 brilliant images.
Excellent series. All photos are really nice. I really like V3. JNC
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
30 Nov 2008 7:28PM
Superb work of a very interesting plant.

Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
30 Nov 2008 9:27PM
Excellent set of images showing time. Lovely clear detail.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 9:35PM
very sharp clean shot I like this a lot
crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
30 Nov 2008 10:22PM
Amazing series. Sandra
30 Nov 2008 10:50PM
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 11 36 5 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 7:51AM
Great close-ups Carol. All good but I like the light in version 2 and all the seeds spilling out in version 3 best.

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
1 Dec 2008 9:21AM
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.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2008 11:28AM
Very nice set of shots..
Great work...
Love the detail...

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Dec 2008 12:15PM
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.
1 Dec 2008 3:39PM
EXELLENT work here Carol,Joline is right my friend
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
2 Dec 2008 7:51AM
Great set, thought it was a birds head from the thumbnail

Moj_o 10 10 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 10:03AM
Excellent Series Carol Smile

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Dec 2008 11:15PM
A terrific set of macro shots, this is work of the highest calibre
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 7:39AM
Masterfully captured close ups,

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