Portraits of Wildflowers

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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

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  1. Sweetly elegant.


    September 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

  2. I just noticed the full name of this lovely. Louisiana proboscis? Are you sure these are from a flower and not leftover parts of Cajun mosquitos?


    September 17, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    • That’s a good one. There must be some fierce mosquitoes in Louisiana with all that water around (and maybe where you are near the Texas coast, too).

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

  3. Simple – great composition and creativity.


    September 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM

  4. Neato…love the title!


    September 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

  5. Cool image Steve, if I didn’t know better I could guess it was some fearsome medieval hand weapon made from iron!

    Finn Holding

    September 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM

  6. Fantastic graphic image of nature’s beauty!


    September 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

  7. Steve, I have had one of these for many years (a coworker gave it to me). I have kept it as an oddity and because it is just a little bit of my homestate. Lori’s picture of the flowers surprised me as they are so soft and lovely vs. the evil looking seed pod! Thanks for the link back to here. I missed this one the first time around.


    November 5, 2018 at 3:04 PM

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