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A closer look at a buttonbush seed core, with remnants of visitors

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And here’s a closer view of a spent seed core from a buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. Notice the spiderwebs and what appears to my uninformed eyes to be an insect exoskeleton with one of its ends embedded in the seed core. This time the blue in the background is the sky, not the water that appeared in the moth-enhanced photograph from last year that you saw two posts ago. That’s because the creek along which this buttonbush was growing at the Doeskin Ranch in Burnet County had dried up by August 31st of this year, the day when I visited and aimed from below to take this picture.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 3, 5, 8, and 16 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 6, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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  1. Ein ganz tolles Makro!!


    September 6, 2012 at 6:29 AM

  2. If it weren’t for that insect, this would be the very image of our red and green Christmas popcorn balls. Even the spiderweb could stay – it looks like cooled threads of syrup.

    I tried to figure out that exoskeleton, but couldn’t find anything close. I did find about 27 billion photos of cicadas, and discovered that the new Lamborghini Insecta concept is inspired by exoskeletons. Things must be rougher in Italy than I realized.


    September 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    • Wow, a car inspired by and named after insects. Of course you could buy an awful lot of insects for the price of one Lamborghini.

      Thanks for trying to figure out what that mysterious thing in the picture is. Perhaps a local entomologist would know. Interesting that you saw the larger object as a Christmas popcorn ball. Some of the little follicles in the upper left reminded me of baby birds’ mouths wide open in a demand for food.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 6, 2012 at 10:44 PM

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