Sunday, June 15, 2014

A bell pepper operation

On the first view bell pepper looks like a simple fruit, but in detail, the anatomy it offers some surprising structures. I dissected a red bell pepper fruit after line and thread to make photos in macroscopic dimensions or under the microscope.

macro photo of a bell pepper

fruit wall of bell pepper
The fruit wall in back light.

the seed of bell pepper
The seed.

bell pepper seed macro photo

The view through a microscope:

epidermis cell of bell pepper under the microscope
Epidermis cells.

endocarp cells of bell pepper under the microscope
The cells of the endocarp (inner wall) have thick meandering cell walls.

epidermis cells of bell pepper under the microscope
Another sample of epidermis cells. 

steam of bell pepper under the microscope
Steam cross section with stained cell walls (Etzold Staining Solution made of Astra Blue, Fuchsine and Safranin).

bell pepper fruit wall under the microscope
Section through the fruit wall, the small red dots are the chromoplasts that produce the red color, the upper part of the photo is the epidermis of the fruit.


  1. Fascinating series of the pepper. Seeing it through a microscope is very interesting.

  2. Wonderful composition, beautiful shapes! Great colors! creative and stunning photos!

  3. Amazing but I'm not sure I want to eat one now. LOL. wonderful images.

  4. Oh my word these are amazing photos! I 've often thought about the patterns the seeds of peppers make -- you've captured them wonderfully, and as well the views I never ever would have thought of in a million years.

  5. That's pretty cool photography!

  6. Oh my goodness...but this is one incredibly fantastic post!!!

  7. I have scrolled through your photos several times. I'm amazed at the secret art of a pepper.

  8. Wow, what beautiful and fascinating pictures.

    Herding Cats

  9. Great shots - I live the microscope work.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  10. Love your post. Amazing super macro shots of a bell pepper.

  11. I say things look cool a lot on people's blogs. But this really is!

  12. Wow - gorgeous shots.

  13. Great macros! And interesting too!

  14. Wow, really fascinating microscope photos, even stained! The seeds look like a bunch of larvae, I guess they kind of are in a way.

  15. Well, I don't think I will ever think of a pepper the same again!

  16. Mesmerizing. So beautiful!!!!

  17. This was FASCINATING! Boy, when you do macro, you do macro! Great photos, and an interesting look at the construction of a common edible!

  18. you are making such great abstracts. Why not share them on NF Abstract tomorrow?


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