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by Laurie Madsen March. 25, 2019 420 views

#photoblog365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog 365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog 365 Milkweed Coma (fluff)

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog 365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog 365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds Macro

#photoblog365 Dried Milkweed Pod

#photoblog365 Dried Milkweed Pod

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds

#photoblog365 Milkweed Seeds

Milkweed Seeds- Asclepias syriaca

Native Americans used this species as a source of fibers and during the World War II children in the northern states were encouraged to collect the seed pods that were processed for the coma, or floss, which was used for flotation in life vests. Today the coma is harvested for use in pillows and insulating comforters.

The inner stems were also used for cordage.

It is the only plant the Monarch butterfly will lay it's eggs on. The plants contain glycosides, when absorbed by monarch butterfly larvae-whose sole source of food is milkweed foliage-make the larvae and adult butterflies toxic to birds and other predators.

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Lee Santiva 2 years, 3 months ago

Your photos really brought across the silky texture "feeling" and that is an incredible accomplishment. I personally find it difficult to capture white objects well so I am impressed with the colors as well. You accompanied the photos with interesting facts for an altogether successful blog, I enjoyed to learn about milkweeds

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 3 months ago

These are so beautiful! When I saw #1, I was thinking it almost looked like an extreme closeup of carpet fibers (because of the way the tufts are joined at the bottom). Very cool framing!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

I did not know that about milkweed . #1 I love the fluffy textures in this shot. and also loved learning a bit about the plant .

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Russell, I always enjoy when Lynn posts little snippets of info with her pics, so thought I'd give it a whirl!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 2 years, 3 months ago

#5, 8 are my favs
GREAT JOB
Thank you

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Olga Helys 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Olga!
I appreciate you taking the time to browse and share your thoughts!smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful macros and fascinating info! The perspectives, lighting, tight foci and bokeh are lovely!
#6 kind of look like tics in long silky tu-tus......(my imagination sort of leans toward the bizarre.......sigh)

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Jay!
I'm glad you like them!
I hate tics, so I'll pretend I didn't read that (LOL)smile
I too have a bizarre imagination...so understand completely!
I appreciate all the comments, likes and saves!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank YOU!
I'm always keen to see what you post!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Angel hair. Thanks for the Monarch explanation my friend

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes! You are welcome Antonio!
Because the dnr and other's believe the Monarch is in decline, they are PAYING people to grow milkweed now!
The same plant all the farmers have been spraying for years to eradicate!
Seems plentiful in the wild where I live!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 3 months ago

What a great story to go along with your lovely photos.  We have a major monarch butterfly resting place near here that tourists flock to during the few weeks that they rest there.  I'll have to look for milkweed the next time we visit, but I suspect it's not an egg laying place - merely a travel stop (the post I did a couple of days ago of "natural bridges" at that butterfly rest place).

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Bob!
I doubt it grows there, but doesn't hurt to look!
I would love to see one of those places the butterflies gather!

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

I think they are the prettiest items to shoot and you have done an excellent job of capturing their beauty and texture.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Camellia!
They are very pretty! I'm glad they hang on through the winter! Not much to shoot right now!

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