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natural pastries?

natural pastries?
Photo Information
Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-12 3:36
Viewed: 3407
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
...and now for something completely different (with a nod to LordPotty).

It's time to leave California and head back to Maine, but with a brief stop en route. In this post from Virginia we have...

...a batch of neatly layered pastries?

Looks like a dollop of luscious almond paste, surrounded by a buttery golden crust, baked to crispy perfection and gently arranged in a display tray for the voracious Sunday brunch crowd...

Probably not.

...maybe a bunch of pillows, each stitched around the edge to hold the soft stuffing in place, packed for shipping to weary customers...

Definitely not.

...then perhaps it's a milkweed seed pod, with the unripe seeds still moist and flexible, not yet ready to peel off and float on the wind...

Sorry to disappoint you if you were hungry or tired and looking forward to either of the first two possibilities. Sorry also for the intentional deception, but with this delightfully strange image, how could I resist?

The correct answer is not only biologically interesting, but should also appeal to TN's resident abstract natural art critics.

If you have doubts about which of the three descriptions fits the image, just look at the workshop for a more informative view and an additional note.

tech notes- supermacro mode, significant cropping, shadow/highlight adjustment, and contrast boost, one step sharpening, no color manipulation


added a workshop pic of a fully ripe milkweed pod for contrast to the unripe pod of the original post

Alex99, flashpoint, tuslaw, valy67, Pitoncle, romuszka has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To foozi: thanks againBobH 1 06-13 09:34
To romuszka: my riddleBobH 1 05-02 07:25
To Pitoncle: not as good as French pastriesBobH 1 04-29 10:01
To LordPotty: nourishmentBobH 1 04-16 04:51
To papajoehermit: abnormal humorBobH 1 04-14 19:12
To valy67: not so yummyBobH 1 04-14 18:23
To manyee: thanks and moreBobH 1 04-12 21:36
To tuslaw: milkweed memoriesBobH 1 04-12 21:12
To Alex99: tasty macro workBobH 1 04-12 09:27
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Hi Bob.
Amazing macro shot with fantastic details and colour rendition. I also like perfect WS. You can post it as separate image and get successes. Note is great and funny. Bravo.

hello Bob!
interesting pattern of seeds and I prefer the image of WS,that documenting so perfect accompanied by a note this strange type of seed... tanks for sharing sERGIO

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-04-12 17:17]
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A magnificent macro, Bob!
The details are exquisite. Beautiful colors and light as well.
I like the clever way you wrote up the notes.
Great job and TFS. : )

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-12 18:08]
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Very original idea Bob!!
Fantastic detail and exposure with wonderful colors!! Great DOF!! Excellent work shop image also!!
I remember as a boy peeling back the pods to expose the seeds, thanks for the memories!

Hello Bob !
What a strange picture, they really look like some pastries - they give me hunger ! :-) And the picture is excellent, pin sharp from corner to the other, with vivid colors, and the fungi make a very nice and unusual pattern. The textures you have captured are wonderful, too, the fungi look so soft, like silk. Very well done !

Bob, whatever the heck it is, it is a wonderful shot. Are you always so elusive and challenging in your descriptions? No. I've seen too many of your other photos where the descriptions are immaculate. I don't like pastries that much, but I do like mushrooms! ???

JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

Hi Bob,
.... took me a while,but I got here eventually :)
I can't say I've ever looked closely at a Milkweed seed pod,so I didn't recognise it at all.
Its a super macro,literally & figuratively.
Beautiful colours and textures throughout.
Very good DOF &exposure.
Great work!
TFS & Cheers

Bonjour Bob,
Excellente macro ; c'est bien vu et surtout très bien restitué.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Witaj Bob,
I looked at all Your pictures. I am under impression. These the most please me, which are for me riddle. To be visible, from you love photo, nature and like surprising.
Plant is amazing and enigmatical how you gave us feelings. you made her very beautifully. Good light, colours and details.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-08 4:57]
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Hi Bob,
really a fascinating presentation of this sharp and clear subject. The light is so effective here and the graphical composition is excellently executed.
a real great capture.


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