This week’s storm prematurely dropped this colorful samara cluster onto our porch furniture. The samara is a type of dry fruit which contains seeds. The seeds surrounded by papery tissue and carried away from the tree by the wind, spin to the ground to cover more territory with new plants.
Perhaps, as a child, you threw dry samaras from maple trees into the air to watch them spin back to the ground. You may have referred to them as whirlybirds, helicopters, or whirlygigs. In my day, children created their own entertainment. It’s sad that technology has stripped so much imagination and creativity from our culture.
Did you play this game as a child?