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As a kid and actually to this day i used to call them Helicopters, though i like your name for them a lot better.
Lol, in my childhood we also called it Helicopters.
I don’t remember what we called them but i do remember tossing them in the air and hoping they would create the same effect they did before.
It is a samara, the fruit of a maple or sycamore tree. If you cut open the end you will find the seed. Crack the seed in half and you will find a miniature tree at one end of the seed, that looks like a 2 mm long green squid. I grabbed a few this weekend and planned to draw some tonight.
My aunt and uncle had what they called an “Orchid Tree” with large pink and white blossoms next to the house. It had seed pods like those you’ve illustrated.
I used to think they were fairy wings.
Fairy wings works too.
Che Pablo is spot on here. Sometime called Plane tree but mainly sycamore here in the UK. These things whirl their way into my garden and its a job to keep the small trees they produce under control. Nice details.
Thanks for the input guys! So good to see this kind of spirited, intelligent dialogue here at ‘skine art.
Steve, you inspired me to try my first post. My own take on a samara/fairy wing/whirligig should show sometime soon. I also posted a second one of the baby tree but apparently that will be delayed. Thanks.
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