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Yellow lotus seed capsule

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Yesterday’s post showed a yellow lotus flower, Nelumbo lutea. Now you get to see what the plant’s seed capsule looks like. As before, this photograph is from July 10th at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 17, 2014 at 5:49 AM

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  1. With my mind always tending towards food, that image makes me think of a delicious fruit pie.


    August 17, 2014 at 6:41 AM

  2. The flower is beautiful, but the seed capsule is MUCH more interesting – and for some reason makes me want to play Plants Vs Zombies….


    Alex Autin

    August 17, 2014 at 7:13 AM

  3. Just like faces looking out.


    August 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

  4. I’ve always loved seeds/seed heads and this one is one of my favorites! Just imagine if those particular seeds were camera lenses – oh the shots you could get!


    August 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    • We’re on the same length, Kathy, because this seed head reminded me of the kind of compound eye many insects have. Perhaps someone will make—or already has made—a fake lotus seed capsule with a spy camera in place of one of the seeds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

  5. An exotic lollipop? Or possibly an alien with many eyes. 😀


    August 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    • I’d say the eyes have it, Jude: note the previous comment and answer. As for a lollipop, which is (loosely speaking) food, you might check the link in the answer to the post’s first comment.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      • I rather like the idea of multi camera lenses – now that is a brilliant interpretation.


        August 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

  6. I don’t know why … but this one caught me off guard. Beautiful and unusual! Great combination for a sunny Sunday morning. D

    Pairodox Farm

    August 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    • Perhaps it’s avant-garde enough to have caught you off guard. Regardless (or should I say regardful), I’m glad for your happy sunny Sunday

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

  7. So pleased you paired the lotus flower photo with one of the seed capsules. I love seeing the capsules at Innisfree (as well as the flowers, of course). Is there any other seed capsule/pod/carrier like that in all of nature?

    Susan Scheid

    August 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    • I always remember that you’re fond of botanical series (even if this is a minimal series of two). As for your question, I wish I knew the answer. My botanical knowledge is limited in general, and limited to central Texas in particular. I gather from what I’ve seen in nature shows on television that there are lots of intricate things in other parts of the world, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there were seed capsules like this or even stranger.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

  8. The cutest green alien looking lotus seed capsule ever! This is out of this world, literally! It made me smile, it has a humorous aspect combined with a cartoonish vibe! Stunning what Mother Nature can create!


    August 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

  9. Your macro photography is brilliant! Not only this of this very special plant – all of them 🙂


    August 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    • I’ll still take credit, but I have to add that because the lotus was in the middle of the pond I couldn’t get close to it with my macro lens. Instead I used my 70–200mm lens zoomed to the maximum with a 1.4x extender added to get as close as you see here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

  10. I wonder if they can be used as rattles once dried. They do resemble lots of eyes.

    Steve Gingold

    August 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    • I’ve encountered a few kinds of pods that rattle, and this certainly looks like it might, but I don’t know if it does. What we can say for sure is that at this stage it definitely looks eye-ish.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

  11. I’m one who loves the look and feel of a lotus seed pod. These are particularly lovely when they are dried and incorporated into an arrangement of native plants. They turn a dark brown and provide a great colour accent.

    Mary Mageau

    August 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    • Thanks for your testimonial, Mary. The commenter before you asked if lotus seed capsules rattle, but I didn’t know. Do you happen to know?

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

  12. They do rattle. I’ve seen many of them dried, in arrangements, but didn’t have a clue what they were until just now.

    My first thought was “ball bearings.” It looks like something you should turn upside down and glide across the floor. On the other hand, a kid who’s had her marbles taken away as discipline could break this open and still have some fun.


    August 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    • Two mysteries solved (identity for you, rattling for me and some readers). I can certainly see this object with its “ball bearings” allowing motion (though perhaps bumpy) across a floor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

  13. VERY NICE composition and clarity. You nailed it.


    August 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

  14. I love the alien look of water flowers’ seed heads!


    August 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    • There is something alien about this seed head, no question. I suggested that it should have played a role in one of the Star Wars movies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

  15. How alien it seems.


    August 20, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    • Several people have felt the same way, Lucy. It seems to have to do with the impression that this is a compound eye on a stalk.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 20, 2014 at 7:56 AM

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