When I used to drive past trees in the Spring and saw them colored so beautifully, I used to assume those colors were due to buds and flowers. Lately I have been looking more closely -- and have discovered that much of what I used to perceive as flowers are actually 'samaras.'
Samaras are technically known as 'winged achenes' which means they are composed of a bit of papery tissue attached to a dry fruit containing a seed. These samaras are dispersed by the wind. They are also known as: wingnuts, helicopters, whirlybirds and whirligigs.
In my ignorance, I also thought that the only types of trees to produce samaras were maples. They are also produced by elms, ash and bushwillow trees. Apparently the samaras of the Siberian Elms are edible, but I don't intend to try them any time soon.
On a related note, I called these winged seeds "samsaras" for years. Until today, actually. But I think it is worth sharing that the word "samsara" is used in the Hindu and Buddhist belief systems to mean the cycle of of death and rebirth. Which seems somehow fitting for these flying seeds of the trees which throw their fates to the winds in hopes of rebirth.
Ruthie photographs trees because she loves them.
March 16 - April 14, 2018
Burke County Arts Council -- 115 E. Meeting Street, Morganton, NC
Opening and book signing March 16 from 5 - 7pm
Photos from "These Trees" on display through April 14
April 6 - 20 2018
5:00 - 7:00 pm April 6
Gallery opening of
art appearing on Artscape Banners in downtown Hendersonville, NC.
Ruthie's photo is one of 40 selected. Show runs through April 20.
419 N. Main St.
April 16 - June 25
Solo show of tree photographs at
301 N. Washington St.
August 3 - August 29, 2018
Tryon School of Arts and Crafts -- 373 Harmon Field Rd. Tryon, NC
August 7, 2018
Noon - 1pm "First Tuesday"
speaker "For Love of Trees."
Ruthie will present an audiovisual show of photos, music, poems and anecdotes relating to trees.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd.
August 22 from 2 - 3
Poemscapes: These Trees
Fusion of tree photographs with poems about trees. Photographer Ruthie Rosauer will share stories about some of her favorite trees.
301 N. Washington St.
October 13 from noon-4
Mountain Made Gallery
November 16 - 18
"Tis the Season"
Holiday Fair at
David Event Center
761 New Boyleston Highway