Protective Coating

My dear little horehound friend looks covered with frost or a dusting of snow, but as this little one expands and unfurls its leaves in anticipation of a summer full of sunshine, the dewy web of the plants protective covering, stretches and thins out to allow new growth. Even the stem, recently sheared by the brush clearing men has a protective coating of fibers that catch moisture and repel scrapes and bruises. What a delicate mechanism this is, that protects and softens at the same time, creating a cozy, dreamy setting for new life to feel welcome. These fibers rarely are noticed by the naked eye, but when an image is captured and enlarged, the poetry behind the science flows out strongly, overwhelming my senses. Welcome back, weed!

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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