Phoneography Challenge: Nature– The Milkweed Paradox

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge, Photos
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As the fall season progresses, I’m enthralled by the beauty and longevity of the milkweed that grow abundantly around the small lake near our house.  They’re a fascinating combination of hardness and softness, rigidity and grace, spikiness and translucent feathery-ness.   From the spiny case come ethereal wisps of white, that cling to the shell with all their might, even when buffeted by wind.

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  1. Strange stuff. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.

  2. Butterfly milkweed is so important to the monarch butterfly. I’m glad that you captured its eloquence and ethereal sides. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  3. Sandra says:

    So good. I’m itching already, Janet.

  4. It looks great… but once I’ve got this seeds in my hair, that was not really great LOL

  5. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I love their silky strands. Nice capture of light in that last one, Janet!

  6. LavendarLadi says:

    Beautiful… I can almost ‘feel’ the silky softness.

  7. Love the 2nd one showing the ” combination of hardness and softness, rigidity and grace, spikiness and translucent feathery-ness.” as you said ^ ^

  8. Indira says:

    Very beautiful, nice capture.

  9. mpejovic says:

    So do you get the monarch caterpillars and butterflies?

  10. I’ve always loved milkweed. (It helps that monarch butterfly caterpillars are the only kind I don’t consider ooky.)

  11. Cindyhuber says:

    As many times as I’ve looked at a milkweed…you captured images that I’ve never seen, and as a result, really thought beautiful, hypnotic in a way…Thank you, this was really cool.

  12. Angeline M says:

    I love that second photo the most…beautifully interesting. I’m not familiar with Milkweed at all.

  13. Well done, Janet. By far your best effort showcasing your “tablet” acumen.

  14. the milkweed seedcases and seeds are beautiful, I’ve never seen them before

  15. Amy says:

    How beautiful! I’ve never seen it before.

  16. says:

    These tiny filaments of light are just fantastic! GREAT work! The second is AMAZING!

    • Thanks so much. The sun was shining on the little filaments of the milkweed and I was lucky enough to catch them. Just cut down one of the milkweed from our yard, so I may have to try to take some more closeups tomorrow. 🙂


      • says:

        Just amazing. I saw some in a field when I was cycling a couple of weeks ago and wished I had the equipment to do it like you did! Well done !

      • There are a bunch of them around the little lake where we walk. It can take me a long time to walk if I’m taking pictures 🙂

      • says:

        Yes me too. Normal people that do not “frame” every step don’t get it : )

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