Individuals among the masses…


Mass of individual Frost Aster flowers. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Mass of individual Frost Aster flowers. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

This cluster of Frost Aster shows the various stages of life of a flower from bud (far bottom left) to withering petals (top right) with mature bloom in the middle.

Mature Frost Aster. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Mature Frost Aster. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Portrait of individual Frost Aster blossom. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Portrait of individual Frost Aster blossom. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Like people, each flower, at a given moment is unique in appearance, experience and stage of life. Portraits of individual blossoms show their individuality. One has lost the youthful vitality with its receding brown *carpel and sparse bent petals. The other flower is at its peak with bright golden center and prolific array of petals.

*Britannica defines “Carpel(as) one of the leaflike, seed-bearing structures that constitute the innermost whorl of a flower. One or more carpels make up the pistil. Fertilization of an egg within a carpel by a pollen grain from another flower results in seed development within the carpel.

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