this goatsbeard stem is sitting in a vase on my shelf. i keep coming back to it, placing it against a white background, and photographing it from new angles. partly i’m fascinated by how the white parasols attach themselves to the plant. there doesn’t seem to be enough room for all of them, and their bases don’t appear to have enough purchase to avoid simply falling off. it is all a question of attachment. the seeds’ attachment to the seed head, my attachment to this strange and compelling plant.
goatsbeard (salsify) detail