The Surprise Inside: Seeds In Their Pods

Challenge #187 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge is about seeds, and the interesting seed pods/capsules/cases which hold and protect the fruit inside them until they are ready to grow into the next generation of plants. Your entry should show BOTH the seed case or capsule, AND the seeds or fruit inside. Macro and close-ups welcome. SIZE of entry: 1,600 pixels. Entrants who choose to enter over-size shots will not be invited to resubmit. Get the size correct the first time!
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Bittersweet
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American bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus, is a vigorous deciduous, perennial vine that grows 15 to 20 feet tall. It is native to central and eastern North America. They produce yellowish-green flowers that bloom in spring, but the flowers are plain and uninteresting compared to the berries that follow. As the flowers fade, orange-yellow capsules appear. In late fall and winter, the capsules open at the ends to display the bright red berries inside. The berries remain on the plant well into winter, brightening winter landscapes and attracting birds and other wildlife. The berries are poisonous to humans if eaten, however, so practice caution when planting around homes with small children.
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Submitted: Friday, 12th February, 2016 00:52 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 1st November, 2015
Focal length: 300 mm
Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 1000
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