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Prairie Smoke

Friends, another high key image (overbright).  This hairy plant is the prairie smoke that usually has three nodding heads.  When setting seeds, the red buds pop upright and open to release several feathery plumes that each have a seed attached.  I was a little early, but if you look closely at the bottom of the top bud, the plumes are peeking out into the sunshine of spring.  When the buds have exploded into wispy glory they resemble smoke covering the ground. This spring I will be hunting for a more advanced prairie smoke plant to show more of its natural history.  til Tomorrow MJ

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