Seed Spiralling Down from Sycamore Tree in Autumn : 2012

Photograph by

Adrian Davies ARPS

About this image

Triple exposure image showing a seed falling from a Sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplanatus). The sycamore ‘seed’ is technically a samara, in which the seed is attached to a papery membrane that forms a wing. When the samara falls from the tree, the wing makes it autorotate, slowing its descent rate and allowing it to be blown further from the parent by the wind. This image was created in three exposures – the first with flash to show the leaves and seeds, the next a half-second exposure showing the spiralling fall and the last a flash exposure to freeze the samara at the bottom of its descent. These were recorded on a Nikon D300S camera with 105mm macro lens. Surrey, UK