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I’m fascinated by milkweed.  In summer, the plants bear pink flowers.  In the fall and winter, the hard pods offer a textured outside with a smooth interior, while the seeds are attached to white fluff that can take off with the wind.  I love the contrast and find them very photogenic.

What I like most about milkweed is that it provides nectar for a variety of butterflies, the monarch foremost among them. Hummingbird, hummingbird clearwing moths, bees, and a variety of insects also feed there.

The name milkweed derives from the milky substance the oozes from the stem or leaves if they’re damaged.  Although the leaves are poisonous, the caterpillars of the monarch butterfly eat them safely, rendering them poisonous to predators. The large milkweed bug pictured below also feeds on the seeds, making them poisonous to predators as well.  The damage the bugs do isn’t great, even though they swarm the plants.  I managed to isolate just this one for the photo.

There are a number of varieties of milkweed.  The one pictured below is the common milkweed or Asclepias syriaca.  Despite their (to me) beauty and uses, milkweed propagate easily and can become a nuisance.

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To view Sally’s thoughts and photos or to find the other photos linked to the “Macro” challenge this week, just click on the link.

I’m craving color in these days of black and white beauty, so here’s my entry for this week’s nature theme at Sally’s D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.    Ahhh, I do love my iPhone 5s, not only for ease of carry, but for the excellence of its camera!  Now I’m never without a camera.

This is also my mom’s birthday as well as Pearl Harbor Day in the U.S.  My mom lived in California, so I know that wasn’t her best birthday ever.  But I hope this one is.

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Usually on Monday I participate in Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.  But Sally will be not only cyber-free but visiting relatives this week, so there’s no challenge.  Instead, I thought I’d share a photo I took earlier this year along Naperville’s Riverwalk, a lovely length of pavement that winds through the downtown.  I took my camera and sat on a bench, waiting to see who or what came by.  This meeting brought a smile to my face.  The little boy wanted to pet the dog but as you can see, he was a bit cautious.

Do you prefer color or black and white?

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And the Weekly Photo Challenge theme for the first week in November is…
(drum roll, please)…
Ornate.”

An outdoor faucet…

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A village water source…

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An everyday home in French wine country with everyday Burgundian roof tiles.  Hey, it’s someone’s everyday home…

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