Birchleaf Mountain Mohangany Seed
This is the seed pod on a Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), which is found from Oregon to Baja California. Don't I sound smart? I got most of that information from the sign that was posted next to it. These fuzzy little seed pods had caught my eye for a while, but they were always in the shade - this one is mostly in the sun. It was hard to find a good composition, but I had my eye open for one that was by itself, rather than jumbled together with others. Levels, curves and color balance helped get the final image. I'm frustrated that the tip is over saturated, but I'm willing to live with it.