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A milkweed comet, or Parallelism gives way to divergence

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Click for greater clarity.

Click for greater clarity.

In yesterday’s post you saw some fibers of antelope-horns milkweed fluff that were briefly still parallel, which is the way they’d been since they formed inside their closed pod. In just a short while, though, that parallelism inevitably gives way to divergence, as in this view of a different seed and its attached fluff from the same Asclepias asperula pod as last time. (You’ll see individual strands more clearly if you click the photograph.) And with my imagination soaring from the botanical to the celestial, I can’t help thinking of a comet.

Those of you who are interested in photography as a craft will find that points 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 15 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph. If you’d like to see the many places in the southwestern United States where this milkweed species grows, you can check out the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 13, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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