Day 6 – celebrating the gobsmacking abundance and diversity of nature
Today isn’t about how we take our photos it’s really just about remembering what the heck a flower IS and what it’s FOR.
Remember back to high school Biology? Flowers as part of the reproductive systems of plants. Flowers, attracting pollinators, pollination, fruit, dispersal of seeds? And then the new plant grows?
So every flower you see is nature’s complex and beautiful way of helping genetic material from one unique plant mix with the genetic material of another unique plant, and create a little pocket of this new mix as a seed that can be spread into the world and make a life for itself. Pretty amazing huh?
- Did you know that the first flowering plants appeared 160 mya. Let’s slow down and let that sink in: One. Hundred. And. Sixty. Million (That’s MILLION). Years. Ago.
- Did you know that there are 295,383 known species of flowering plants? Imagine squeezing all of those into your local plant shop.
- Did you know that the flowers we know and love were made by plants to lure animals in to doing the hard work of pollinating for them?*
So DARNED MANY of them. So many types. Such DIVERSITY. And such thriving life-giving, life-supporting, bursting-forthiness they all have!
Spring wild flowers are pollinated by and provide nectar to tiny flies. These flies become food for early spring birds. The timing is orchestrated perfectly. It is not a coincidence that the local native plants have seeds and berries ready just when the birds need them. Bird droppings are the best way to get their seed dispersed. Plants and animals that have evolved together depend upon each other for survival. – Source: Native Plant Society of Northern Ohio
Challenge Day 6
So today’s challenge is really just to marvel at the flowers you see and celebrate their glorious abundance and the amazing part they play in the cycle of life. See if you can notice any pollinators visiting your flowers. See if you can see any mature flowers that might have been pollinated and now be growing their fruit. Or maybe you can spot seed pods on the tree from last year. See if you can capture any of that in your photos.
And fun fact! September is Biodiversity Month in Australia. So in keeping with that theme feel free to find a native plant local to your specific region and celebrate it today too.
* Wikipedia: ‘Flowering Plants’ page. ‘It is generally assumed that the function of flowers, from the start, was to involve mobile animals in their reproduction processes. That is, pollen can be scattered even if the flower is not brightly colored or oddly shaped in a way that attracts animals; however, by expending the energy required to create such traits, angiosperms can enlist the aid of animals and, thus, reproduce more efficiently.’
Go well! Look forward to seeing you here in our group, on your own facebook page, twitter or somewhere else, sharing your pictures along with the hashtag #7DOFL
Image by a participant in my Sydney based Women’s Wellbeing Group. A tree in full flower attracting life. Next course starts this week on Wednesday evening. Join us!
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