Willowherb

A set of willowherb images in the fruiting phase, starting with an opening pod, a group of opened pods, and the profusion of the shards of the empty pods:

For the first image, I opened the pod myself. I went looking for willowherb, and was pleased to find one, but the pod hadn’t opened, so I rolled it between my fingers to get a few seeds to emerge. By the time I found the pods for the second image, most of the plants had already popped and dispersed. These were among the few that had seeds, I had warm, bright late afternoon light to photograph them. Most of the plants had wild curving shards of pods like the last image – a doodle from nature.

11 thoughts on “Willowherb

  1. Without any context, I might have thought the last image was Spanish Moss. The second reminds me of a set of Art Deco vases, or torchières, but the curve of the pod in the first image certainly is pleasing. I think you might have posted about this plant before. The way the pods split remind me of my Cape Honeysuckle (non-native), and I know I told someone about them. It might have been you.

    • I’ve posted willowherb before, one nice one was two years ago. You mentioned Cape honeysuckle then, in 2019 (I just looked it up). Willowherb is tricky to photograph unless you stack to solve depth of field issues. I just like the very different kinds of images you can make from them as the pods mature.

      Cape honeysuckle reminds me of trumpetflower I’ve seen on Cape Cod. The cape honeysuckle seed pods are similar to willowherb.

      • I just found out that Thoreau wrote about Cape Cod, too. His book is online, on Gutenberg, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I have no idea how I could have missed it.

      • I have the Library of America volume of Thoreau, I browsed through Walden, but I haven’t read the Cape Cod book in it, sigh. I’ve walked a number of the same trails as Thoreau, living as close to Concord as I do.

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