Winter Seed Pods

Milkweed Seed Pods

A warm front moved into the area overnight and we are enjoying some nice mild temperatures over the next few days. During my lunch break, I wandered back to the pond to get some fresh air and enjoy the glorious sunshine!

As I was walking around the edge of the pond, I caught a glimpse of a large bird along the far bank. The red crest and familiar cuk-cuk-cuk call of the Pileated Woodpecker greeted me. He was shy and flew further away into the pine trees. I followed his flight path but each time I got close, he kept his distance. I’ll make a note to go back and sit quietly for a spell. Maybe, I’ll get a closer look!

As winter sets in, I notice seed pods. They are so fascinating. The milkweed pods near our pond have exploded over the past few weeks! The white, hair-like floss is designed as a tool to carry the wind-born seed for dispersal. Isn’t nature amazing!? 🙂

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