Old Man's Beard... or, "Horton Hears a Who"
Don't these look just like that ball of fluff upon which Whoville exists? Well, I guess it was pink, but you get the idea. :)) (This is a reference to a children's book by Dr. Seuss, if you are unfamiliar...)
I didn't start visiting Woodman's Pond until the start of September, so I had no idea what flowers had produced such odd looking seedheads. During my second visit to the towpath trail today, I made a point to get a better look at them and found them so interesting that I just had to photograph them (of course!!). And I'm really happy to be photographing some snow, however tiny the amount may be.
These are clematis seeds, specifically Clematis Vitalba (Ranunculaceae), also known as "Old Man's Beard" for the distinctive seedheads seen here. Now I can't wait to go back again in the early summer and see the flowers - they must be beautiful!
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