Notes from the field, essays, and observations.
An abstract of a natural subject at high magnification:
Any guesses about what it is? It’s not a cactus.
Looks like dandelion seeds.
Love the image, is it some sort of seed head, in the UK we have the Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
A dandelion head about to blow away. It looks like a cactus because the patterns of nature repeat themselves.
BTW: it’s another beautiful image of yours, Tom.
Thank you – it’s not a dandelion, though. After I get a few more guesses I’ll post the answer!
wow! and I have looked so deeply into actual dandelions as they burst ! interesting, what else can it be ?? some other seed pod opening up to fly in the wind … ( oh let me dream, I do not even want to know… only to guess and guess and guess…).
Beautiful ! I’m guessing it’s a dandelion
Oh, I just saw your reply to veraersilia, it’s not a dandelion ? Is it some echinaceas ?
Thanks, Jocelyne – no, it’s not a dandelion, or part of a seed or flower.
If I was to venture a guess, may be a grass or some kind of ground cover plant. I’ve seen individual blades of grass overlap and produce a star type effect.
That’s an interesting effect – but not the subject. Answer below…
Goldenrod seed head
Goldenrod does look like this – if had posted in color, you might have guessed differently. Thanks for commenting!
If its not a seed head, some where in the distant past I’m sure I’ve seen something like this in ice on a garden pond
Ice does form star structures – but this is a leaf. Illustrations below…
I don’t have a guess, but now I am curious to know what it is.
I hope you stop in again for the answer – it’s below.
No, not a cactus. Perhaps a dandelion gone to seed? Lovely image. And isn’t it amazing to see stars many times in nature …
I’ve given the answer below. What I don’t know is what purpose/function the stars have for the plant. Thanks for commenting!
Thanks for playing, everyone! It certainly looks like seed filaments, but the subject is a leaf.
The plant is mullein, shown in this image from earlier this year.
To the eye, the leaves look fuzzy or hairy. As you get closer, the fuzz becomes is a dense mat of “stars”.
Here’s the mat not very close up, at F16 to show a lot of detail:
Not very interesting as an image, in my opinion.
I wanted to isolate the stars against a background – that’s the idea for the original post.
I used a wide aperture (f2.8) and lots of magnification to isolate a few stars.
The black and white conversion helps disguise it – the green color is a giveaway.
Very interesting. This was a puzzler.
Very original! Like it
Good job! You fooled me.
I threw you a curve ball – B&W makes a deceiving impression. I like it in B&W, it enhances the abstract look.
beautiful and very artistic 🙂
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