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Milkweed Seed Pod

Milkweed Seed Pod
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-05
Categories: Flowers
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-23 22:40
Viewed: 3839
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Asclepias syriaca was named by Linnaeus after Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine. The species name "syriaca" was given because Linnaeus mistakenly believed the plant originated in Syria in the middle east. There are 2,850 species in the milkweed family.
Milkweed plants have a white sap that contains glycoside, a mild poison. By eating these plants, Monarch butterfly and Milkweed Tiger moth larvae become toxic to potential predators throughout their lifetime.
Milkweed floss is 5 or 6 times as buoyant as cork, and it was discovered that a life jacket containing a few pounds of this floss could hold up a 150-pound man in the sea. It was used during the second world war for such a purpose when the supply of kapok was interrupted. It is warmer than wool and 6 times lighter.
The upper image was shot in August near Hamilton, Ohio and the lower in December near Cincinnati. Both plants were interspersed in patches of teasel.

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I saw one of these plants in WV - had no idea what it was. Thanks for the informative note and picture to show us what it is. Technically, perhaps not the greatest composition, but a very clear illustration of the pod and the floss inside.

Good presentation and informative notes. Well done Greg

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ***
Note: ***

Good composition Greg, it would have been better to separate a bit more the 2 shots.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-24 6:27]

Pros: quality, 2-picture presentation, note, very informative
Cons: none

I like it very much! Couple of time ago, Paul posted two photos of one fungi changed by time. I think this is great idea to show how plants or fungi change in time.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-24 8:42]

Nice poster.Good light, colors and details.Thanks for sharing

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-25 15:11]

Now you have taken me back many years. I haven seen these since my childhood and I found the note very interesting.

I like the composition very much and the images are both very sharp.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-26 11:38]

An interesting presentation for the Milkweed, Greg.
A great post: pictures and note.

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