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Sep 24, 2012  •  paulownia pods

this sprig serendipitously bounced off my head a couple of days ago. it is in fact the seed of many traditional chinese sounds - the paulownia tree, whose wood is carved into pipas and qins, among other stringed instruments. in a pinch, when dried out, a branch of these capsules will also make do as a tiny set of maracas.
NOTE: when you click on the image, they will appear more than three times their actual size.
'paulownia pods' • qingdao, china    © marc montebello all rights reserved

'paulownia pods' • qingdao, china

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