The Landing

Outside on a comfortable–warm, in fact–February afternoon, chasing the earliest emerged native bees in my garden and with some success, I spied this charming scene:

I like that the seed balances on the slender arm of a Globe mallowSphaeralcea ambigua, and appears steady and content, perky and upright.

I wonder, though, is it satisfied with the landing?  Afterall, this particular seed is from an American SycamorePlatanus occidentalis, and the goal of the wind-driven reproductive morsel is terra firma–which it missed by about 18 inches.  The achene, with attached propelled pappus, was driven from a nearby mature sycamore by puffs or bluffs of wind.  Who knows when the seed landed on the mallow, probably recently, but is it eager to be whooshed by air or washed by rain to the ground for continuation of the adult sycamore’s legacy?

The Globe mallow ignores the seed–it has its own blooming and reproduction to consider.

How many of us land like the seed, or ignore those who land around us?  How does that impact the course of life?

Joining in today with Anna’s  Flutter and Hum and her wonderful Wednesday Vignette.  Please pop over for garden, nature, and other musings.


15 thoughts on “The Landing

  1. That’s a wonderful photo. The seed’s ballerina-like pose is delightful, of course, but the colors are unusual and appealing, too, and as delicate as your phrasing of the underlying point of your post.


    • Thanks–I really like it. Funny, I appreciate your balletic reference to the tutu form of the seed: I thought something more mechanical, a propeller! I guess I was (am?) in the same place as the seed–or the mallow?


  2. “How many of us land like the seed, or ignore those who land around us?” Well, that’s a REALLY good question, Tina! Thanks for devoting one of your marvelous photos to my little meme!


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