i’m still fascinated by how we form mental images of plants and flowers at their peak of maturity and ripeness. daisies are white with yellow centers. cattails are topped by hot-dog shaped seed pods. and sumac seedheads are deep scarlet. but daisies are still daisies when they are 3 inches tall and cattails are still cattails when they are brown winter stalks, and sumac is still sumac when it is an adolescent rose blush, instead of a wine-dark fall red.
female staghorn sumac fruit in june