Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Orchard Images Continued, Milkweed

The Milkweed has always been a fascinating plant, no doubt, named for the white liquid that leaks from the green seed pods when the flesh it scored.
 Much like the Monarch butterfly who feeds from it's sweet nectar, the Milkweed goes through a similar metamorphosis, but in reverse. It starts as a beautiful ball of pink flower clusters. With heavy green velvety leaves and heavenly scented flowers. Then the flowers fade and create a large seed pod that would rival any science fiction novel. 
Then these pods dry throughout the fall and burst to reveal the compact white feathery seeds. They've always reminded me of a birds feather structure. The wind carries the seeds on the wind like tiny fairies.
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