|Queen Anne's lace, Daucus carota|
|Queen Anne's lace seed head|
|Spotted jewel weed, Impatiens capiensis|
|Common burdock, Arctium minus|
Burdock hooks its seed pods onto animal transports to reach distant pastures.
|Devil's beggar-ticks, Bidens frondosa|
Bull thistle, Cirsium vulgareStout, thorny Bull thistle re-invents itself to parachute seeds into prospective fields.
|Black swallowwort, Cynanchum louiseae|
|Sour-gum or tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica|
|Privet, Ligustrum obtusifolium|
|Crabapple, Malus sp.|
|Bittersweet, Celastrus scandens|
|Beach pea, Lathyrus japonicus|
|Beach pea seed pods|
|Wisteria floribunda - Japanese wisteria seed pods|
|Wisteria in flower|
Countless plants have occupied this land in the long dynamic of ecology. The most rapid and radical changes have resulted since the occupation by European settlers and their descendants through phases of agriculture and industry and recreation. Always the seeds of plants are waiting to follow their own code of increase into openings. Every single success initiates an ecological shift.
Our human consciousness has always wondered about our own species' origins and advances, our privileges and responsibilities. We sanctify our own legitimacy. We ponder our exercise of power. We ourselves come from seeds stored innumerably in wombs.
The floral universe embraces its colonizing potential without the complication of conscience. It goes forth prodigally, innocently, unwaveringly to multiply. It accepts the miniscule odds of individual success and the certain fate of composting into the biological humus that supports the web of life.
|Scarlet oak seeds, Quercus coccinea|