Helicopters falling from the sky! Actually the name for the spinning helicopters that fall from the Maple trees during late summer is Samaras. The pods at the end of the tails are the seeds for the beginning of new maple trees, plus nutrients for the squirrels that keep busy separating the stems from the branches so they can collect them for winter storage (if they can remember where the cache is located.)
Out on my two mile walk yesterday, I picked up a few of these Samaras for the purpose of creating nature creatures on watercolor paper. The shape of the Samara with the two seed pods reminds me of a ballerina tutu. So I had fun creating this small imaginary fairy spinning and twirling in her Samara tutu while on her way to the ground. Now, I’m hooked for more fun creating imaginary creatures from flowers and plants.