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Sycamore seed ball decomposing by the side of a creek

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Around the time that 2011 gave way to 2012, you saw the seed ball of a sycamore tree, Platanus occidentalis, beginning to come apart. As the rain falleth on the just and the unjust alike, so the seeds of the sycamore may rain down on land or on water, the second being perhaps as likely as the first because of this tree’s fondness for growing alongside creeks, rivers, and ponds. Today’s picture dates from exactly a year ago, January 23, 2012, near the Smith Memorial Trail adjacent to Bull Creek in northwest Austin.

Notice in the upper and lower left of the photograph that a couple of insects seem to have met their demise in the water.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 23, 2013 at 6:04 AM

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