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Not Toto… Phytotomy


Yesterday, I wandered through flowers and ferns with the new camera in hand. While the kids splashed in the natural pool belonging to members of our church with Josh, I got lost in petals, pistils, anthers, stamens, and stigmas (plant parts). Nothing like a little plant anatomy, eh?

Still more poppies

Part of gardening is recognizing that you are now completely outnumbered by an alien being who you know really very little about. Plants: 4000; Human: 1. Yes, I know what you are thinking: I’ve been gardening like a rockstar without dissecting the plant life. tardis iphone 6 case But haven’t you ever wondered what you missed while sleeping through Plant Biology 101?

Well, never fear. iphone 7 plus case penguin I’m here to help. Let’s start with the flowers:


Anthers (from the Ancient Greek anthera, feminine of antheros “flowery,” from anthos “flower”) do some pretty spectacular work. Baskets homme Puma When they open, pollen is then free to be carried by any of the forces represented by Captain Planet’s Planeteers. Okay… not Fire or Earth but Wind and Water for sure. A creature from the animal kingdom might also help to spread the pollen (think: bees).


Not Stedman… stamen. moncler paris Stamens actually produce the pollen that the anthers are putting out there to be spread around. These stamens usually hang in groups of six (for typical flowers) which, I think, means that they have the perfect number of players for half-court basketball. In some cases, there are more than six stamens (ex: tree flowers) and in other cases there appears to be only one because they are fused together in a column (ex: orchids). soldes puma chaussures The stamens that make up an orchid’s column are very secure in their masculinity. soldes timberland phone cases iphone 6 black And that’s all I’m going to say about that. ugg boots


The pistil is considered the female reproductive organ of the flower. iphone 7 leather case card This darling debutant is made up of the stigma, style, and ovary (What a babe!). chaussures puma 2018 This is where Lili Von Shtupp of Blazing Saddles would say, “Oh, it’s twue! It’s twue!” Just so you know (and you may not giggle), the stigma receives the pollen, the style is the stalk which connects the stigma with the ovary. My, my… Betty Friedan would have gone crazy in Plant Anatomy 101, I tell you. (Raise your hand if you didn’t giggle.)

Light through the petals

We’re talking about the corolla… iphone x case mirror the group of petals which attract insects and humans alike. iphone 8 cases spigen These gorgeous petals are the stiletto pumps worn by the flower to increase the flower’s appeal. And it works, too. You just can’t argue with results.

I was always told that once you painted a tree or flower… that you would never look at them the same way again. Hopefully, you’ll look at the flowers around you that way after today’s post. timberland sitemap Next time: ferns.

  • Michele - You are having way too much fun with that camera. And I am all kinds of jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Holly the Knitter - Lacy, only you could turn an outing with your new camera into a botany lesson. 😉ReplyCancel

  • elra - I learn more new thing through you/your blog. Thank you.
    Beautiful flowers!

  • Laura-Jane - Gorgeous photos! What kind of camera did you get?ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Josh bought me a Nikon D90. Who knew that you don’t really need any talent to take great pictures… just a really great camera. I see the world with new eyes. 😉

    I’m kidding, of course, there are certainly some talented photographers in the world: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Annie Leibovitz, Edward S. Curtis, Irving Penn, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, so many others.


    To be like them for a day!

    Blessings and thanks,

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  • Dianne - Beautiful photos! Is this a digital camera? What setting did you use? Great job!


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