Sunday, October 16, 2011

Doll's Eyes

For Macro Monday/Ruby Tuesday

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Beneath the early autumn canopy of turning trees, the doll's eye plant stands out on the forest floor, with striking white berries, each centred with a black dot, on a thick, deep red stalk. Named for the resemblance to the eyes of old fashioned porcelin dolls, this plant is pure poison. Also known as baneberry, all parts of this plant can cause ill effects in humans if ingested. This is one plant that does not follow the old folk adage that any berries eaten by birds are okay for humans. Ruffled grouse, robins, wood thrushes and other songbirds eat these berries with no consequences.

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40 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

FUNKY!

Ellie said...

Cool picture - I must remember to stay away from that one then!!

Joop Zand said...

Lovely.... never seen this before.

Lois Evensen said...

I've never seen those before either. Very interesting.

Kel said...

ooh, these are weird looking things alright

Beyond Wandering said...

Whoa..that's just so beautiful! Love that colors combo, red and white!

Filip Demuinck said...

Very strange, I have never seen such a thing before.

Greetings,
Filip

Leanne said...

Wow what an interesting plant! A bit creepy actually..it's a great shot.

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

we have one locally that looks like this but is bright blueberry in color ~ wondering if it is in the same family?

Linda Makiej said...

what a terrific macro shot!! I have seen these but never knew about them - thanks!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful photo! I don't think I've ever seen these berries.

Annelie said...

Perfect macro and interesting reading!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - now that is a wired plant! Like the Baneberry name - sounds like something from Lord of the Rings!

Spelndid shots.

Stewart M - Australia

Roan said...

These are new to me. Now I'll know to avoid them if I should find them. They do make for a beautiful picture, though.

em said...

Oh wow...how neat?! I've never seen anything like that before!

Lois said...

I've never seen one either. Fascinating!

Woody said...

Can I tell you how much I really, really like this?? I've never heard of this plant and I appreciate the warning!

Misty Dawn said...

I've never heard of or seen this plant! How very interesting!

Martha Z said...

A strange looking plant. I don't know that I would be tempted to try them, those red stems look like a warning.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Honestly, I have never heard of this before. Wow...and so very interesting and so unique.

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JM said...

I have never seen this and I'm amazed! Great shot.

Birgitta said...

What unusual and special flower!
A supergreat shot!

Ralph said...

How cool is this! The flowers (buds) are unique looking bulbs. I like the stems and trunk - I am used to the grayish branch look, but the red here is so nice and different...

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Ida said...

Fantastic shot of these beautiful but deadly berries. I've called them, Snowberries and perhaps they are a different yet similiar species of poisionous berry. My father had a brother who ate such berries as a small child and died from eating them.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Looks like an alien plant! I think any berries that are white are poisonous, if I remember correctly.

Clytie said...

They are rather creepy looking, I don't think I'd be tempted to eat one even if I didn't know they were poisonous!!!

Les... said...

great capture!!

weird, wonderful, beautiful and... a little spooky... is it my imagination, or do those eyes follow you as you walk by? *LOL*

Kateri said...

We had those growing wild in the woods where I grew up. I've always loved them.

Kim, USA said...

omg that looks like an alien ^_^

Kala said...

This is very cool looking. Great details and colors!

forgetmenot said...

What an interesting plant. How strange that it doesn't affect the birds at all. Great macro shot. Have a terrific week. Mickie :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Incredible plant! I have never seen white berries like this nor red stems! Fascinating!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome macro photo and great info about an amazing plant ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/RT

Sivinden said...

What a strange and interesting plant!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

I almost put this type of plant in my garden this year .. now I regret not doing it .. my garden is getting too big ? Darn !!
Joy
They are sort of Halloweeny eh ?

Tina´s PicStory said...

cool!

Dianne said...

perfect Halloween plant!

Carol said...

Very interesting plant!! Great shot :)

Rosemarie said...

very nice share visiting for Ruby Tuesday

Firas said...

This is a rare one! Nice close shot :)