25
Mar
09

From the Milkweed Plant

273. Seeds

273. Seeds

These seeds have managed to hang onto the pod throughout the winter instead of being blown about on an autumn gust of wind.

An interesting fact about milkweed seeds. During World War II, schoolchildren gathered these fluffy seeds by the sackful, and sent them to a collection center. There the fluff was stuffed into life preservers and aviator apparel. The seeds are naturally bouyant and, packed into garments, they kept many a man afloat in rough waters until help could arrive.

Hard to imagine that little bit of fluff could do such a mighty piece of work.

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13 Responses to “From the Milkweed Plant”


  1. March 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    WOW. awesome picture. I love the brown tones and bokeh.

  2. 2 Gandalf
    March 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Great shot. I love milkweeds.

  3. 3 Nan
    March 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Great shot and an interesting bit of history to go along with it.

  4. 4 Danudin
    March 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I really love this shot it holds so much promise and history in the one snap.

  5. March 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful image and a fascinating story to go with it….

  6. 6 tmcchesney
    March 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    You taught me something new today! And wow, amazing how this seed can be so eye catching! Gorgeous!

  7. March 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Stunning! The composition, the focus, the subtle color…absolutely lovely!

  8. March 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    You did a superb job with this shot. I like everything about it and loved learning about the milkweed. That is fascinating.

  9. March 25, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    When in Minnesota my DD did a project with butterflies. We had plenty of milkweed, so gathered some eggs and fed the caterpillers until they went into a chrysalis stage. They emerged as butterflies. My DD was so excited when she saw the progression! Everyone still likes to see the photos I took of this progress.

  10. 10 jmckiss
    March 26, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Beautiful catch — and amazing that it stayed like this through the winter!

  11. 11 janets365
    March 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Gorgeous shot! And a great bit of historical trivia, too. I had an uncle who had two ships shot out from under him on the same day in WWII and he survived, maybe thanks to those seeds!

  12. 12 Mary Lou
    March 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Stunning!! I love photographing milkweeds.

  13. March 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful DOF and a lovely photo. Nice tidbit of info too on some history about them. I remember seeing them as a child growing up, but I haven’t noticed them growing where I live now. I’ll have to do some searching…


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