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“Basket O’ Plenty”


“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.”
– Debby Boone

The next stage after the blooming of a flower, is the seed stage. I suppose I was surprised to see several of the Queen Anne’s Lace plants were already at this stage, so early in the season.

I call this the “basket” stage. The flowers have been pollinated and the seeds begin to form. In the case of Queen Anne’s Lace, the florets stems collapse inward, forming a basket of seeds. Thought it’s just the start of August, I know I will be seeing these ‘baskets’ well into winter, as the plant protects its precious cargo.

I liked the way the sun shone from this particular cluster, lighting up the seeds within, almost glowing with life.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Last Season’s Burdock”

“Last Season’s Burdock”

“I tried to abandon my tenacity, but I just couldn’t let it go.”
― Tim Fargo

The nemesis of dog owners, common burdock, with it’s supernatural ability to stick to fur or cloth and then break into tiny parts when you try to remove them.

It’s really quite a fascinating plant, uniquely adapted to transport its seeds far, far, away by attaching to unsuspecting carriers. The tiny, tough, hook-like structures on the ends of the “burr” can grab onto the most delicate fibers with incredible tenacity. One of our modern fasteners, Velcro®, was developed by somebody studying this plant and mimicking its ability to hold fast.

The image above was made last weekend and is a reminder from last year’s crop. A bit weathered, but still able to stick to fur, and just the right height to attach to anything that brushes against it. I’ve spent many hours trying to remove burrs from my dog’s coat. My current dog, a beagle, is short hared and fairly immune to these tenacious seed packages.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100

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“Common Burdock”

“Common Burdock”

“Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings, or anybody at all, destroy your confidence or affect your growth as a blooming flower. It is very normal for one ugly weed to not want to stand alone.”
― Suzy Kassem

The bane of all dog owners and hikers. These ‘stick to everything’ seeds of the common burdock are really quite an ingenious way to transport seeds long distances. For those unfamiliar with ‘burrs’, the spiky balls are tipped with a hook, which easily catches on anything rubbing against the plant. The hooks cling with amazing force and are very difficult to remove. When long haired dogs run through a patch of these, the result for the dog owner is usually hours of manually picking the burrs from the animal’s fur.

The hooks work very well, and I believe are the inspiration for Velcro. This makes long distance seed dispersal possible since they do not easily dislodge, but rather, break off over time.

It’s interesting, especially when reflection on the quote I chose, that I had always seen burdock as a bit of an ‘ugly’ plant, though the blossoms in midsummer are quite pretty. Yet in the fall, they are brittle brown bushes. I found isolating the plant against the black background and using the right light brought out beauty, in even this  plant. Something to consider, in many contexts.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
4.0 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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“Day Lily with Seeds”

“Day Lily with Seeds”

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

As the summer continues, the plants begin to mature and change form. Some wither and dry up, others go to seed, while some continue to flourish till the air cools. This day lily was pretty much the start of my journey down the road of fine art floral photography and has opened a whole new creative world for me.

I thought it had stopped blooming about a week ago, but to my surprise, it had one blossom left to share. It’s quite mature and this image shows two seed pods beginning to develop as well as the ‘stubs’ where blossoms used to be.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/4 sec, f/14.0, ISO 200

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