Monday, 18 April 2011

Butterburr

Butterburr by GlassJet
Butterburr, a photo by GlassJet on Flickr.

The butterburr is starting to come up now in the wetland beside the river. The pryramid flower spikes first, followed by the leaves that just seem to get bigger and bigger as the summer goes on.

Butterburr are put on this planet for two reasons: the first is to use the leaves for shade on hot summer days, like handily positioned bankside parasols.

The second is for children to use the leaves as boats, put insect passengers in them, and float them downstream and out for far off adventures at sea.

Providing they don't get in the way of my cast while they're doing it, I'm cool with that.

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