"Isn't nature wonderful?" Pammy said as she looked at this image, below.
|What is it? It's the seedpod of a native water plant, nardoo,|
when viewed through the microscope she bought for me.
And she's right, viewed from far away or up close, from any
angle at all, nature is endlessly fascinating.
|Pop a parsley seed under the microscope and it's very easy to|
see why this tough looking customer takes three or four weeks
to soften up so it's ready to germinate.
|Here's that nardoo seedpod sitting on a slide.|
|The microscope itself is nothing flash, just a|
reasonable quality kids' beginner model. And
the camera used to snap the pix is just my
little pocket-sized Ricoh CX2 digital.
Back to the original photo, of the nardoo pod, I should just fill you in on what we are looking at, close-up. Pictured below is the pond that is home to our now four-year-old goldfish, Paul, where his watery home is topped by the floating fern, nardoo, and a growing forest of Louisiana iris plants.
|The nardoo is called a 'floating fern' as that is|
what it does on our inland waterways.
|Pammy noticed yesterday that it was setting lots of seedpods,|
and brought me some to look at. (Forgive the wire cage, but
it's over part of the pond to discourage that persistent predator
of Paul, known as Pussyus cattus.)
|The nardoo seedpods are quite small, and a bit hairy, too.|
|Split one open and it seems like you are looking at its tiny seed.|
|This might look like a photo taken by a space explorer vehicle|
of the close-up of a distant moon's frosty surface, but it is in
fact the seed of a chilli pepper.