I found this seed pod while I was walking around a local botanic garden and found myself immediately picking it up from the ground. The shape intrigued me.
Look at the gentle curves and the twisted shape. No flat outer shell here!
I flipped it over and looked at the other side. Its outside is tough and covered with freckles.
A closer look revealed a surface that is rock-like in its appearance, with ruddy earth-like colouring. What a clever way to protect the seeds, the life within.