Unfurling

Back on May 15, I posted some images of red maple leaves in the throes of unfurling.  They looked sad, frightened, and lacking in energy.  You’ll be glad to know they are in a happier state now.

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As spring has progressed, I have been noticing that the unfurling stage of different plants’ leaves and flowers is expressive, conveying an emotional sense of the transformations the plants’ cells and tissues are going through.

The unfurling stage of a Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower is awkward and almost comical compared to the final bloom.

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