10.09.2021 Silken Mobile

We allow quite a number of milkweed plants to line our driveway with other plants as well. I’ve been looking at this one pod waiting for the right time to make an image of the seeds hanging and yesterday noticed these few hanging by a few strands of silk and twirling in a gentle breeze like a mobile over a child’s crib. ISO400@1/4sec was just enough to catch it still.

I waited until the three forward seeds were spread at a pleasing angleย  There are two others barely visible. Will they still be there this morning?

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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31 Responses to 10.09.2021 Silken Mobile

  1. krikitarts says:

    So delightfully delicate. I miss the milkweed seeds in our Omaha garden.

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  2. More power to you for stopping the twirling at 1/4 of a second. Your description of this seed cluster as a mobile makes me wonder if any artist has ever created an actual mobile patterned after milkweed seeds. An artist could do worse (sometimes a lot worse) than copy nature.

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    • Most of the mobiles I have seen are either little animals or fantasy objects. I think many children would appreciate nature more as adults if they were exposed to natural subjects early on.
      It was just patience. A friend long ago mentioned during a conversation that the wind most always lets up for a second. That’s not always true but when it comes to gentle breezes it does seem to be.

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  3. Elegant, Steve, and worth the wait! Hereโ€™s hoping you get some more opportunities.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    I find it truly incredible how you captured this particular moment to create this perfect image at 1/4 of a second, Steve.

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  5. Very nice Steve! And at 1/4 of a second! I could not do that anymore!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    There is something architecturally pleasing about milkweed silk and seeds. Great shot, Steve!

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  7. Jane Lurie says:

    Graceful, ethereal and beautifully shot, Steve. Way to wait for the right moment.

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  8. shoreacres says:

    My first thought was to title the image “Arabesque.” Then, for some reason, I looked that word up, since the association with dance seemed slim at best — even though the seeds were dancing in the wind. I was surprised to find that ‘arabesque’ also is a design term for “a form of artistic decoration consisting of rhythmic linear patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage, tendrils, or plain lines.” So the word does fit, in a couple of ways.

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  9. Leya says:

    Ethereal. A moment when life is so beautiful that it hurts.

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  10. Beautiful image of the milkweed …

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    You do milkweed seeds so well! The background blur and rich color are as wonderful as the silk. I’m guessing the next morning it’ll all look different.

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  12. Beautifully captured, Steve! There is some very fine details there.

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  13. melissabluefineart says:

    Oh I love this. I have attempted to capture milkweed seeds emerging from the pod a number of times and always just get a mess. This is so graceful, and eloquently described as well.

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