Wings Like Green Moths

September 12, 2013

“They are nearly two inches long by one-half inch wide, with veined inner edges to the wings like green moths, ready to bear off their seeds.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Faith in a Seed

Watercolor sketch of maple leaves and seeds

Watercolor sketch of maple leaves and seeds

“In all our maples, a thin membrane, in appearance much like an insect’s wing, grows over and around the seed while the latter is being developed within its base. . . . In other words, a beautiful thin sack is woven around the seed, with a handle to it such as the wind can take hold of and it is then committed to the wind, expressly that it may transport the seed and extend the range of the species, and this it does as effectually as when seeds are sent by mail in a different kind of sack from the Patent Office.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Faith in a Seed



6 Responses to “Wings Like Green Moths”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I have this book. While I like it, it doesn’t stick with me like his other writing. Maybe I have to be more interested in the technical aspects of seeds. It will come back into my reading rotation. I think I will just do a page or so at a time. I think that I keep reading it much like one would fiction, trying to see the plot, the point.

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I keep forgetting about maple trees, and their wonderful “helicopter” seeds. It was a favorite thing to do in childhood – throw them into the air, and watch them fly. Your sketch is lovely, and a lovely reminder.

  3. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Beautiful! There are some spectacular maples here in town. I often admire them.

  4. hanifa Says:

    “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

    ~ J. B. Priestley

    Hello Friend

    When I read this quote this morning, for some reason, you came to mind. Perhaps it is because I always see “Always begin.” in the love letters you post here on your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your heart so freely.

    Best day to you! 🙂

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