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Anemone shedding seeds

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Anemone Seeds Coming Undone 3493

Yesterday’s post showed a mostly white anemone at the Riata Trace Pond on March 11th. Within a few feet of that flower I found another one that had matured to the point that its sepals had fallen away and its central column was coming apart. The seeds were blowing in the breeze, so I used a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second to stop most of the movement. Although I’ve showed anemones here several times, this is the first view of its seeds to appear in these pages. What I have showed here more than once that’s similar, if you overlook the pod, is the release of milkweed seeds.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 25, 2014 at 6:06 AM

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  1. What a wonderful series on the milkweed, the sustenance of the monarch. I have wondered about what it looks like.

    georgettesullins

    March 25, 2014 at 6:10 AM

  2. wow! this is so GOOD!

    SmallHouseBigGarden

    March 25, 2014 at 7:14 AM

  3. Is that plant from last season? It appears the 1/800 sec did the job. High speed photography can give some amazing views. I’m thinking of Harold Edgerton.

    Jim in IA

    March 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    • Anemones (at least the ones I’m familiar with from Austin) go through their phases pretty quickly, so this individual would have flowered no more than a few weeks earlier than when I photographed it in this seedy stage. In contrast, I’m guessing that the milkweed vine pod that I photographed on March 6th and that you saw here a few days ago had formed late last year and had “overwintered” before finally splitting open.

      Your comment about speed sent me to my camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III) because I couldn’t remember what its maximum speed is. It turns out to be 10 times as fastas the 1/800 that I used on this anemone. I’ve never used a speed anywhere close to that maximum, but maybe I should do some experiments in bright sunlight to see what sort of pictures I get. Nothing as impressive as what Edgerton achieved with his super high speed equipment, I’m sure, but perhaps still something useful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

  4. most pages and comment/like options are not loading w/the slow internet, but thankfully your images come through in the email. thanks – i’ve enjoyed many of your posts that way… sometimes even if the email won’t load, the title of your posts gives me a good idea of the content, and i’m transported back via imagination!
    i’ve enjoyed some of your spanish/origin lessons as well, but commenting wasn’t possible. this comment is also backfiring, and hopefully it will leap out of the box soon…
    one day the internet options will improve!
    z

    • Sorry about the weak links in your communication networks, Lisa, but this time your comment made it through loud and clear. I can see where pictures and even titles from the United States would carry you back in time and space: happy travels.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

  5. amazing detail.

    sedge808

    March 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

  6. What super seeds. It’s nice they supersede the milkweed from time to time. Thanks, too, for that link about Catalina Trail. It’s fascinating, to say the least. I’m looking forward to reading more about her and the discovery.

    shoreacres

    March 25, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    • I can’t top your first two sentences, but I’ll add that last night’s meeting about the monarchs succeeded, and the one that superseded it tonight was also a super session.

      Catalina Trail has never written a book about her experiences with the monarchs, but people are encouraging her to do so.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM

  7. It is always amazing to me how a well-composed still shot evokes such movement. You’ve shown many that do that; this is another.

    Susan Scheid

    March 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM


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