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Sycamore seed ball

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As you learned last time, on December 28th I wandered along a stretch of a once-again-happily-flowing creek in my northwestern part of Austin. After photographing algae and bubbles (and inadvertently myself), I walked upstream and found a sycamore tree that had produced some of its characteristic seed balls. These start out hard and firm but eventually, in a way that’s reminiscent of cattails with seeds attached to fluff, they loosen to the point that a touch—be it of a hand or of the wind—causes them to unravel. That’s what you see happening here, illuminated by a shaft of warm light filtering through the surrounding woods and contrasting with a trace of blue sky that managed to make it through in the background.

If you’d like to be reminded of how majestic sycamore trees can be when their white bark shines in the sun, just have a look back at the post from December 23. To learn more about sycamores, you can visit the website of The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. To find out the many places in the eastern United States where sycamores grow, you’re welcome to consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 3, 2012 at 5:10 AM

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