A golden rain tree, above, is hung with shining lanterns come autumn. The papery pods break open as they dry, scattering the seeds within. At left, plants deploy an infinite variety of strategies and shapes to spread their seeds. They float, fly, fall, and finesse dispersal with fruit — or are built to cling.
Found a cone from the top of a Cook Island Pine. Look at it. Look at it! LOOK! And the more I did, the more its staggering beauty came into focus. from Dewitt Jones at http://www.Facebook.com/dewittjonesfanpage - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial