Monday, May 11, 2009

50/365 Snowball bushes and science projects

There aren't many snowballs that I'll welcome in May (thank goodness we've left winter behind), but I'll make an exception for this. It's a snowball viburnum, and it's easy to see where it gets its name.

This snowball bush is just a little guy yet, at only a foot or so tall. The blooms almost seem artificially molded, because they form in a perfect sphere, like a decorator pinned individual blossoms into a styrofoam ball.

You know, the styrofoam balls you bought at JoAnn's or Michael's, painted, and hung with fishing line to make a diorama of the solar system for a science project?

Or maybe kids don't do that anymore because styrofoam is bad for the environment and hard to recycle. Maybe they design a computer animation and submit it online.

Wow, that's a scary thought. Will the papier-mache volcano be the next to go?

Camera: Canon 40D with 60mm macro lens, 1/640, f/4 at ISO 100 at about 7:45 p.m. in direct sunlight.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    We have just added your latest post "SightSalad: 50/365 Snowball bushes and science projects" to our Directory of Science . You can check the inclusion of the post here . We are delighted to invite you to submit all your future posts to the directory and get a huge base of visitors to your website.

    Warm Regards Team