how a seed becomes a squid

Microscope of Astrantia Hadspen Blood seed plus label

And above all the need – indissociable from my very nature, from my way of seeing and thus of thinking – to go see everything very very close up so as to see, and consequently, the development of a vision that is hyperattentive to details, my approach as a scrutinizing ant, my sensitivity to the least sign.”  Helene Cixous

Exploring the Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ seed with my microscope and camera:

Pearlescence.

Colour.

Lens.

Focus, how to bring a garden that no longer exists into focus.

Placing a seed on my plant label for the Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ plant that I bought all those years ago at Hadspen Garden.

Language, naming, typeface, form, growing tip, tentacles, squid.

I saw a live octopus come out from under a rock, as I lay face down on the surface on the water, in Sicily. It was so compelling, so alive, I knew I could not eat one ever again.

These seeds are reminiscent of squid, and remind me of commonality across nature, as well as distinctiveness.

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