The geometric thistles I photographed in July are now demonstrating their final amazing piece of evolutionary adaptation, thistledown. Thousands of seeds waiting to be carried across the fields to start the process again. Each seed has the equivalent of a feather or parachute attached to it. Before they take flight they look like bundles of very soft fur.
Once you start noticing patterns they are everywhere. Look how beautiful this Goat's Beard seed head is. It is much larger and more complex than a Dandelion. Each of the individual seed head tops forms a neat polygon with the next.
Goat's-Beard Tragopogon pratensis
The plant is also known as Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon. The photograph doesn't do it justice.
I've been thinking about Nature and Natural. I think there needs to be some rules as to what can go on the Nature Table. The definition of Nature, according to Wiki:
Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. Well that means the table is going to have to be huge! But what about Natural?
: existing in nature and not made or caused by people : coming from nature
: not having any extra substances or chemicals added : not containing anything artificial
Now that is where it gets complicated.
A typical Norfolk landscape, but very little of it could be called natural. The trees may have self seeded, but their shape will have been influenced by people.
As custodian of The Nature Table I am going to make an executive decision. Not being exclusively Natural is not necessarily a bar to sitting on the table.
Barley turning golden in the sunshine
If a beautiful field of highly cultivated barley can be included, it also means I can have the odd garden plant from time to time.
So what can go on the table? Does it have to be natural? Well not totally.
This is a field of "garden" peas. Not really natural. Few weeds or other plants to be seen amongst the crop. A great deal of chemicals must have been deployed, but I still think they deserve a place on the table.