WeedImageoftheDay

Desert Sea Urchin


Nestled and Disguised

Long ago the waters covered this land and currents swirled the sediment, creatures and seeds to new settlements. This weed flower pod seems to remember those ancient times as she mimics the pose of a sea urchin. Warning others to stay away by displaying spiky sharp points, she wishes not to be disturbed. If left alone, the dried seeds within her bowl will have a better chance at sprouting if they can sink down into the desert soil while protected from the sun by the mother pod’s shade.

On this sunny day the desert and the sea are united in memory of the fight to sustain life. After weeks of shining in the sun, atop a long slender stem, this weed flower pod swelled, then bloomed, then lost all color and petals, and finally lost the support it needed to stand. It took one strong wind for the weed flower pod to topple and fall down to the undergrasses where it nestled for shelter and prepared to start the next stage of life. Seed implantation.

Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.

We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.

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This entry was published on May 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm. It’s filed under Desert, Dreams, Flower, Nature, Photography, Project 365, Thorns, Weeds and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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