Giles Hammersley ‘Dandelion Clock’

Giles (Devon) – ‘Dandelion Clock’, photo

“A single seed from a dandelion clock mounted upright with a droplet of water syringed into its centre. Photographed using two flashes (with red and blue gels covering them), which fired a number of flashes whilst the camera was moved slightly, giving several images of the seed on one frame. The frame was then combined with an image of smoke, taken with the same coloured gels.”

Dandelion seeds really are fascinating and in fact, it was only very recently that scientists found out what makes them float through the air- this Nature article explains their amazing flight mechanism: