Thursday, October 22, 2009

Milk Pods

The milk pods at the park are just starting to open and show their delicate seeds. I was lucky enough to get a few photos of them before they are totally open and have scattered their seeds. The pod itself is like a rough hard shell, tan or gray in color and then it splits open and this beautiful plumage of seeds comes forth for all to enjoy. Our winter rains have arrived and the plumage will be gone or ruined. The seeds will have fallen to the ground to grow again next spring. There is a definite time frame to enjoy the beauty of the milk pods. The pods themselves are often dried and painted a metallic gold or silver for a holiday bouquet or decoration. I am always amazed at the delicacy of the seed and plumage.
Till next time........

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