I've clowned around with a Maple seed "helicopter" stuck on my nose, have you?Well, look who is wearing one now!
When I saw this maple seedling spotlighted by the spring sun's rays, I began to think all kinds of thoughts about spring.
- I thought about seed dispersal... how, last year, the samara fluttered here from the woods across the yard.
- I also thought about the maple tree's pollination that happened last spring and very soon will happen again.
- I also thought about photosynthesis and other processes that are happening in the little seedling.
One of the processes happening in that seedling's leaves is the production of ATP. Here is a link to a good animation of ATP synthase (basically a micro electric motor) in action.
Now, this maple seedling may look like it is clowning around.... that "helicopter" may look a bit like a dunce cap... but, if you ask me, the seedling can wear its "hat" with a spectacular flair... and that is how to wear a samara!