“Last Season’s Burdock”

“Last Season’s Burdock”

“I tried to abandon my tenacity, but I just couldn’t let it go.”
― Tim Fargo

The nemesis of dog owners, common burdock, with it’s supernatural ability to stick to fur or cloth and then break into tiny parts when you try to remove them.

It’s really quite a fascinating plant, uniquely adapted to transport its seeds far, far, away by attaching to unsuspecting carriers. The tiny, tough, hook-like structures on the ends of the “burr” can grab onto the most delicate fibers with incredible tenacity. One of our modern fasteners, Velcro®, was developed by somebody studying this plant and mimicking its ability to hold fast.

The image above was made last weekend and is a reminder from last year’s crop. A bit weathered, but still able to stick to fur, and just the right height to attach to anything that brushes against it. I’ve spent many hours trying to remove burrs from my dog’s coat. My current dog, a beagle, is short hared and fairly immune to these tenacious seed packages.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100

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