A Moment in Time
I actually saw this seed detach from a milkweed pod and float away on a breath of wind. I tracked its flight until it got stuck – ever so slightly – on the seed head of a nearby grass plant. I had just enough time to plop my tripod down, focus quickly, and squeeze off one shot before the gentle breeze lifted the seed again and carried it out of sight.
It was one of those rare, but gratifying, times when I actually caught a fleeting image with my camera. Near misses are much more common – see earlier blog posts on photographing prairie dogs and bees, for example… In fact, I often have to remind myself not to get so wrapped up in the (often fruitless) attempt to capture an image photographically that I forget to simply enjoy the moment.
This time, I got both the image and the enjoyment, which means I get to pass both along to you.