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A rattlebush pod closer up

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Dry Rattlebush Pod by Colorful Sumac 8808

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The last picture, taken in a field in Heavener, Oklahoma, on November 11th, showed a colony of rattlebush, Sesbania vesicaria, that had gone to seed and was drying out. Because that panoramic view included dozens of plants, you couldn’t see what an individual one looked like, nor why the species is also known as bagpod and bladderpod. This photo gives you a better look at one of the “bags” or “bladders” in which the dry seeds rattle around when shaken.

The scattered red in the background was from the ubiquitous sumac, while the yellow near the lower left came from some still-flowering goldenrod.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

9 Responses

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  1. great photo, love the use of flow and the depth of field and the colored bushes blurred out in the back ground, really nice frame

    • Thanks for your appreciation, Rob, and your analysis of the features that make you like the photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

  2. I wonder how far one could heave a pod like that near Heavener. Not far, I suspect. Too much wind resistance.

    Jim in IA

    December 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    • Ever the physics teacher, you’re justified in taking the air resistance into account. The etymologist in me adds that the adjective heavy is basically heave-y.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM

  3. pod-tastic


    December 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

  4. This one is a real beauty.


    December 17, 2013 at 2:58 AM

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