Foto Friday: Natural Velcro

Gower wilderness, Pembrokeshire, Wales
September 2010

This is not an accessory

We were rummaging through the forest during a bushcraft course when our instructor, Andrew, plucked out one of these spikey things and threw it at one of us, and to our surprise, it stuck on to her shirt.

It turns out, this plant, Burdock, was the inspiration for a very common item used today, Velcro. It’s interesting how little aspects of life can lead to ground-breaking (though at times, delicate cloth-spoiling) inventions.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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