ironweed fall

Ironweed, color of Fall (Vernonia gigantea ). Striking geometry of the bare
seed capitulum. Taken together with the dried sepals, it makes a wonderful kind
autumn flower. So much of Nature in Fall speaks to us in soft, muted tones.
(One wonders if it is any less beautiful if no one cares to listen)  But look at
the 5-part pentameter of the inner seedbed. I think Bucky Fuller, designer of the
Geodesic Dome, would have loved this flower. The thought of this makes
me smile as I walk on down the noisy, dirty road, alonside of which this
photograph was made...

| See also the photograph and poem from last year September, Ironweed with bee ;
and Ironweed, color of summer featured the 2nd week of August |

(Photograph was made Sunday, the 20th of October, 2002)

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Photograph by Cliff Crego © 2002