Here’s a sort of time-lapse sequence of a hawkweed flower closing up shop and going to seed. This is from a cluster of flowers near our front door – all pictures taken within a few seconds of one another, of separate flowers. But you can pretend you’re watching the same flower, over a few days. I won’t stop you.
0. Prelude: in case you forgot which one is hawkweed.
It’s this fiesta.
1. the petals (technically ‘rays’) close over the whole pistil/stamen apparatus.
2. the sepals (hairy green bits) tighten up. the rays start drying up.
2. …and drying up…
3. …and drying up, until they start to separate from the rest of the plant.
4. ideally, they fall off.
5. magic ensues.
6. one day, POOF, it all explodes open and we have a fireworks display.
…and here’s where that dried-up bit didn’t fall off all the way – you can see it, a bit out of focus, at the lower right.
In other news, it was a big day for little sis – the second-in-line in the cluster of black-eyed susans I’ve been visiting every day.