Unexpected Beauty from Compost Pile

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  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I noticed these around my compost pile. They are the husks from the fruits of a Physalis (not sure which sp., [edible]) after a few months of decay. I thought the remaining structure was beautiful. The husks are around 3 cm, these images are higly magnified.
     

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    wow

    They look so delicate. I like how they've maintained their shape, and I think one of them even has seeds?!
    Those are really pretty pictures, especially the first one with all of them together.
     
  3. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, those are seeds. Some of the husks still had entire shrivelled fruits inside. These fruits are known commonly as ground cherries, husk cherries, Cape gooseberries - sometimes seen in stores as golden berries. The plant is related to tomatillos and the inedible Chinese lantern.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Top notch, Eric.
     
  5. Unexpectws Beauty from Compost file

    Eric. Fascinating findings! They even look three dimensional. Congratulations to you for a wonderful eye that has added joy to my day. Sheila
     
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    These are spectacular images. I particularly like the first one and the negative image at the end.

    - David
     
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    Beautiful images

    Eric, these are delightful! thanks for sharing!
     
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    Super photography!
     
  9. Absolutely gorgeous! Could you tell me exactly how you scanned them to get the depth and yet such a solid black background? Thanks!
     
  10. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    To achieve a solid black background I used a black box to shield out the excess light. I had to do quite a bit of clean up with a graphics program to erase dust.

    The image was scanned with an Epson Perfection 1660 PHOTO. I don't know what the depth of image capture is, but I do not really have control of that. It is just the normal capability of the scanner. I would guess it captures images clearly to a depth of 6mm or so.

    One thing you do see is that unlike an image from a camera there is no focal point. The optical device scans the image recording pixels as it moves across, thus each point is in focus.

    The image was scanned at a high resolution (high ppi). The first image is the original, others are crops from the original.
     
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    Those are so lovely. I hope you intend to frame and display. Now I want to rummage through the compost.
     
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    Very awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Amazing beauty in nature. Nice composition and technical work.
     
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    Delicate and lacy! Who'd have thought they came from a pile of compost!!
     

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