Seeds: You Have Never Looked At Them This Way


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Seeds, this magical little things that fall on the ground and from which the life of a plant starts. Seeds, amazingly designed to fly, fall, be transported, carried float or be eaten. Seeds, which at it's core hold the secrets of life and bring life to all living animals. We all depend from this little, almost insignificant looking keepers of the green. You will love the images shown below, part of a new publication by Photographer Robert Llewellyn and published by Timber Press.

 

The interior of this spiky datura pod looks remarkably like a brain. (Photo: Robert Llewellyn/Timber Press)

In the gorgeous new book "Seeing Seeds," award-winning photographer Robert Llewellyn and prolific nature writer Teri Dunn Chace delve into the fascinating world of seedheads, pods and fruit — ensuring you'll never look at these important plant parts the same way again.

 

The red seeds of the cardboard plant, Zamia furfurcea, fall easily off the female cone. (Photo: Robert Llewellyn/Timber Press)

As you flip through the book, it doesn't take long to understand how unique seeds are from one other, despite being united in the pursuit of their ultimate function — reproduction.

"There is a lot of diversity among seeds, but there are also identifiable patterns or types," Chace explains in the book. "Even some truly weird-looking novelty seeds conform to categorization, even if it doesn't seem so at first glance."

 

What makes "Seeing Seeds" really stand out is Llewellyn's crisp macro photography, which masterfully combines a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world with an unyielding fascination for the science that makes it all possible.

 

The seeds inside the capsule of a Flanders poppy are capable of laying dormant for decades. (Photo: Robert Llewellyn/Timber Press)

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