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Diabolical ends

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Here’s another view of a dried seed capsule of Proboscidea louisianica, this time showing the pointed and curving ends of the devil’s claws that catch on animals’ fur or people’s clothing (as they’ve occasionally done on mine).

Like the previous picture, this one is from the (Southwest) Williamson County Regional Park on October 29, 2010.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, 6, 14, 16 and 19 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Diabolical

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Comments in the post two days ago about Proboscidea louisianica alluded to the seed capsules of this plant, which is known colloquially as devil’s claw. Now you get to see what prompted that name: you’re looking at the main section of a seed capsule, which has dried out and split longitudinally into two halves. At the lower right you see portions of the pod’s two long and curving “claws,” the closer one in focus, the other not. The patterns on the husk are intriguing, don’t you think?

This picture is from the (Southwest) Williamson County Regional Park on October 29, 2010 (I haven’t photographed any of these capsules in 2012, so I had to turn to my archives).

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 17, 2012 at 6:13 AM

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