Years ago, my best friend asked who out of everyone living or dead would I want to have with me on a desert island. She thought herself the peak of cleverness for saying "Nobody" because she would not wish such a cruel fate upon her friends.
I answered, with only a moment's thought, "Carl Sagan". At that time Carl was already lost to us, and after all, you have eternity to experience death, but only a short time to enjoy this life, this earth, this universe.
And the more I think on it, I don't believe many of us appreciate our universe quite as much as Carl Sagan did. He shared his love of science and gave us all a better appreciation for the world around us. And so today #CarlSagan is trending on Google+.
Walking back from the mailbox one day, I looked down and saw this small, wispy seed standing on a puddle. The tiny feathered spikes radiate out in 3 dimensions to form a ball or pom-pom. In fact, it was so prone to rolling away, I found it difficult to keep it still for photos. A faint movement or slight breath was enough to send it on its way.
Because the seed was so tiny and so 3 dimensional, I used a small F22 aperture for a wide depth of field. Otherwise, the majority of the spikes ended up too blurry for the image to make sense.
The seed reminded me of Carl Sagan's ship of the imagination, so this piece is devoted to him. Thank you, Carl, for bringing us a better understanding of the worlds around us, both great and small.