Dandelions

Biking home from the post office this afternoon, I had to stop and take some photos of a field full of dandelions.

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Look closely at each dandelion, and you quickly realize that it would take hours and hours for a person to make one flower. Each of the hundreds of seeds on a single flower has a fine stem. At the end of these stems are 30 to 40 fine threads attached which form the parachute the seeds use to fly away.

How long would it take to make one parachute and attach it to one seed? How long would it take to make the hundreds required for one flower? How about making the tens of thousands to decorate a single field?

And yet, no one has to lift a finger to make a field of dandelions so beautiful you just have to stop to take a look.

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