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Teasel
Comments(3) # Teasel london e17

Well.....as at least two of you suggested it was a teasel I was showing you the last two days. But maybe not a very typical one. I will have to revisit the plant in question to see if all of its seed heads are so atypical (ie: not very pointy). The ones seen here are perhaps more typical? The spikiness has presumably evolved as it enables the seeds to catch on the fur or feathers of passing animals and hence be dispersed. Watching finches feed on them these same spikes (or hooks in the case of yesterday's one) serve as perfect little handles (beakdles) for the birds to use to pull them out for eating. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/2000 sec
f 4
Flash: Not Fired