Last Catch of the Day

Just when I thought maybe it was too dark at Mill Landing for anymore photos to work.

I noticed the last remaining milkweeds along the water’s edge looked illuminated.


With the creek water behind them, there was just enough light for them to show up.


And I was glad I had paused just then, to notice.

Sow the Seed

Well I thought I had missed them for sure.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Mill Landing to find that the milkweed pods were still holding onto some of their silk —


And SEEDS before sending them out into the world!


As a child when we’d come across them in a field, I thought milkweeds were just ugly, sad-looking useless clumps of dying plants that were once so pretty to look at.


Until I discovered that among other things they are a monarch butterfly’s only salvation.


It’s almost too incredible to believe, but it’s the toxins in a milkweed plant, consumed by monarchs during the summertime, that protect them from predators as they migrate to Mexico each year.

But even if that weren’t wondrous enough, I have come to love milkweeds in autumn.

I love how their silky, gossamer-like threads…


And tiny flat brown seeds…


Finally burst from their bulging pods to sail far and wide on the Cape Cod breezes to spread their kind.

I even find the decaying pods themselves to be beautiful not only in color but in shape and texture as well.


Why THIS one, could almost be a HAT!  😉


As I turned for home, I was just so glad that I hadn’t missed them after all.



These tiny plants, that a small child once called ugly and plain, actually sow life and beauty through their seeds.

This year the milkweeds are reminding me, that we need every single seed.