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Peek of the Week 151

By Cheryl Haimann

Dry maple tree seeds

Maple tree seeds make a graceful pair.

If you haven't lived near maple trees, you may not be familiar with their seed pods. When they are dry and ready to fall, a quick gust of wind can blow dozens off them off the tree. The seed end drops down, and the wing-shape leaves spin around like helicopter rotors - whirlybirds - to carry the seeds away.

Photo taken June 2008 at Black Hawk State Park, Iowa, with a Kodak Z7590.

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Article © Cheryl Haimann. All rights reserved.
Published on 2008-07-14
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