Fringe Benefits!

I have yet to meet a nature photographer who can pass up a good milkweed pod! This one caught my eye earlier today while I was photographing American Beech for a post later in the week.

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Milkweed seed pod

Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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19 thoughts on “Fringe Benefits!

    • Thanks Mike. You’re dead-on with the comment. In the future, it needs to be a priority instead of an accidental encounter. Too often I’m either without my camera when I see it or don’t have the right gear to do what needs to be done.

      • Nick, I feel the same. A few weeks ago I was out photographing birds and took several shots of milkweed. Made a mental note that I have to go back for a dedicated shoot but have not done so.

    • I don’t remember if I commented on your milkweed post, but I really enjoyed it. Your images were lovely and I thought one in particular was pretty special; it was near the beginning, in portrait style.

      • Milkweed in the U.S. is an interesting read. I’ve been to just a few sites so far, but learned that Common Milkweed is native to the NE and NC U.S. There are also other species of milkweed native to the Pac NW, but I didn’t note the specific locations. Interestingly, there are milkweed projects around the country, including Oregon, to enhance habitat for Monarch butterflies. Common Milkweed is their primary food/main host (caterpillars) and they lay eggs exclusively on plants in the milkweed family.

  1. OK… you have me wondering. I’ll add this to an already long list of stuff I’d like to look into. Perhaps planting milkweed in my yard for the Monarchs?

  2. Hi Nick….my grandson in Boston wonders what this tree is…..do you have any suggestions? John’s tree book hasn’t been much help. Thanks, Linda

    • I’m not sure I understand the question. If you’re referring to the Fringe Benefits post, that is the fruit of Common Milkweed, an herbaceous wildflower and primary food plant of Monarch butterflies.

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