Hitchhikers: Thorny South African Seeds Get An Up Close Examination In Macro Photographs By Dillon Marsh

“Seeds in the form of thorns and burs are familiar features of the tall grass or underbrush of South African landscapes. Some bear hooks and barbs designed to latch onto the fur and fleece of passing animals, while others grow sharp spikes intended to pierce hooves and feet. This allows them to spread to new areas, even crossing to other continents, earning them the collective name ‘hitchhiker plants’. Macro photography reveals the often unnoticed details of these intricate seeds.” Continue reading »

These “Galaxy” Flowers Grow Entire Universes On Their Petals

Want to gaze at distant galaxies but don’t have a strong enough telescope? Then don’t worry, because we’ve got the perfect solution. All you need to do is to buy yourself some Night Sky Petunias, because as you can see, their petals look like they’re hiding secret little universes inside of them. Continue reading »

Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern

A vast carpet of porcelain replica sunflower seeds assembled by artist Ai Weiwei, each hand-fired and hand-painted by inhabitants of Jingdezhen, the ‘porcelain capital’ of his native China.

Ai Weiwei poses with a handful of seeds at this morning’s press view. (Lennart Preiss/AP) Continue reading »