I study plants from start to finish. I have learned to do this.
They are not just flowers and leaves.
They are seeds in the beginning and humus at the end.
The cycle is a circle. The whole picture is important.
I refer to seeds as future flowers, but they are also food.
Seeds need to spread to reduce competition with the mother plant.
Butterfly weed seeds fly. I think this is appropriate.
Seeds are also beautiful.
As this Asclepias tuberosa pod splits open it exposes the lovely arrangement of the seeds enclosed.
As the wind blows, these seeds will separate.
The fluffy fibers will serve as a hang glider so the seeds can float to a new location.
The fibers open like an umbrella as they emerge from the pod.
It is a beautiful thing to witness.
Flying seeds on a journey to make future flowers in a new niche.
I love nature!