Anatomy Of A Whirlybird

by Edgar Baird April. 26, 2010 5167 views

Yesterday I was lucky enough to capture an en mass flight of these little seed pods. Today I thought it would be nice to take a closer look at these nifty little things.

The winged seedpod held up to the light gave the impression of a dragonfly wing. I was, and am captivated by the intricate vascular system of this tiny bit of creation.

I'm finding myself much happier turning the pod over in my hand than I am writing about it. That tells me enough has been said by me. Happy day all!

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 10 years, 7 months ago

Wow lovely detail! But i think the sharpness is a wee bit high!

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Lynda 10 years, 7 months ago

I know that sycamore trees have these winged seeds and have seen them but am not familiar with maple trees( being in the uk.) Great shot. PB is very educational.

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Ray King 10 years, 7 months ago

Nice! I have maples with these neat gizmos. Last years I researched and from that they are edible. Check it out.

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Mvjank 10 years, 7 months ago

Wow, neat!

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Ole Kristian Valle 10 years, 7 months ago

Very nice closeup.
I just remembered that we as kids used to open the seed, and stick it to our nose. Thanks for reminding me :)

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Agnes Felber 10 years, 7 months ago

I am glad you did the close-up today, I almost wrote in last evening to request it because I was not sure what whirlybirds you were talking about. Now I know exactly.
And you are right, it is amazing to observe all the different forms in which the same life force works throughout nature and ensures the continuity of life.

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Brenda Nelson 10 years, 7 months ago

Only you, Edgar, could come up with something so simple and turn it into something stunning! A fascinating image!

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Janet! 10 years, 7 months ago

super awesome!!!!

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Robin Harrison 10 years, 7 months ago

Big is not necessarily beautiful, to recgonize the grandeur in a small piece of nature is spiritual.

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