Wordless Wednesday


About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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55 Responses to Wordless Wednesday

  1. Kina says:

    Ah! I remember these!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Ha chooo! Beautiful but I am doing this all day!

  3. Captured beautifully Eliza. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Cathy says:

    Lovely! What a great shot!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Such a lovely photo. It reminds me of childhood …

  6. Dina says:

    Lovely! Pusteblume, Pusteblume …

  7. Great timing for a great shot.

  8. Maria F. says:

    And off they go!!! Nice story!

  9. Rupali says:

    Beautiful shot.

  10. albert says:

    I never learned about milkweed but I think those must be seeds parachuting down after some kind of blast off or explosion. Nature keeps surprising me, thanks in part to persons (you, and others like you) , who have learned how to see.

  11. Laurie Graves says:

    Here’s a more whimsical take—fair godmothers off to a convention ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Raining seeds! Awesome shot, Eliza!!! โค

  13. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Ah, beautiful! I love those happy feathery seeds. You must have happy monarchs. I saw a couple of them the other day on their way to Mexico. We can’t grow milkweed here, but we have a friend who is working on a strain that might grow here. We are hopeful. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Mary. Unfortunately, the Northeast has few monarchs, but I saw half a dozen this year, up from one last year, so I’m hoping for exponential growth! I hope your friend is successful in finding a plant that works for your zone. I know that other than Asclepias, they like Calotropis procera and C. gigantea, but they are zone 10/11 tropicals.
      The crucial timing for NM would be March for the first leg of egg-laying on plants they favor, so even if they went dormant by June, they would have seen to this essential first leg.

  14. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Wow, we are usually under snow until early May, so I guess they wouldn’t have a chance anyway where we are. Most of our early flowers don’t come out until late May.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Only adults need flowers. The larva need plants, but I guess the first leg lands mostly in Texas and at lower elevations than where you are.
      This is a great website that tracks migration of monarchs (and other species). http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
      It relies on citizen science to report sightings and is fascinating to watch unfold. When I am waiting for hummingbirds in May, I can see where they have been spotted as they make their way northward. Right now you can see how far south monarchs have come on their journey to Mexico. Cool stuff!

  15. dorannrule says:

    Wonderful shot! The softer sideof thorny thistle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Murtagh's Meadow says:


  17. ladygrace33 says:

    Beautiful little flying fairies ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Kathy Sturr says:

    I made a wish for you!

  19. Wow! This brought me such a sense of childish delight. Thanks, Eliza! I love how your “silent” posts say so much!

  20. Fantastic. Is it terrible to ask how you managed it?

  21. Inger says:

    A lovely capture – really like how you have captured the moment with the seeds flying off!

  22. Great picture! I have loved milkweed plants since the day I discovered you could open the pods and have a cooler version of a dandelion at your disposal!

  23. ladyfi says:

    What a fabulous shot! Great timing.

  24. What a perfect photo! It looks like confettii flying in celebration! The milkweed has fulfilled its life’s purpose yet again, and is in celebration! Beautiful!

  25. Debra says:

    Brilliant capture! Brava!

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