September 15th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

2500 words today, so far.  Not pushing for ultimate length today--working on consistency as the book is due December 1 and there's a long way to go, since it's decided to be huge.  I may add a few pages late in the day after thinking over some of the surprises the morning's session threw at me.   (I now know what a piece of jewelry from Paks II really is.   This can't be an accident; it's going to connect somewhere and somehow but...???)

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: the mystery milkweed

Friday, I noticed that the mystery milkweed, that had had stubs of seed pods before, had only one pod left and it was nearly  mature.  The wind was whipping it back and forth, and the pod appeared to have scars (as from being nibbled, an then the thick white juice solidifying.)  

So first I took pictures of it, and then I picked it and stuck it in the vegetable drawer, in case the botanist at the Wildflower Center can use it for an ID.

Now that I can upload images again, here is a picture of the one remaining pod (out of four plants in bloom)


It's about six centimeters long, and this picture, taken while it was still attached to the plant, shows its attachment: the stem makes a sharp S-curve to keep the tip upright.

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