Wednesday, July 14, 2010
On my drive home after a rewarding morning hike, I couldn't help but explore the roadside ditches once again. I love following the milkweeds through their entire life cycles, so this picture of a Purple Milkweed pod is a harbinger of the fluffy, air-borne seeds that will emerge soon. Its neighbor, a still-blooming Showy Milkweed, was visited by an attractive butterfly that was not at all spooked by the close approach of my camera. Turns out it had died in a beautiful pose, for when I touched it, it fell stiffly to the ground, still beautiful.