Bouncing Bertie Boffin here!
Have you ever imagined you were a plant?
No, don't panic, humans who were wee pups in the sixties, this is not going to be one of those dreaded 'now pretend you are a flower' musical movement exercises. This is SCIENCE!
Here in the North of Scotland we are enjoying an uncommonly warm and sunny summer. Of course, being Scotland, it does still rain from time to time.
The result is that all our plants have been growing like crazy.
(The photos in this post were all taken in the local park. As usual, I am banned from showing our garden 'cos, even more so than usual, it is so shamefully unkempt).
Anyway, today I want to stop and contemplate the amazing power of photosynthesis.
You see, unlike us dogs who are dependent on humans to supply carbon-based substances (i.e. food) to keep us going and growing, a plant need not panic about whether Gail has forgotten to order a new bag of kibble. No indeed, it simply waits around for some sun to appear and help it perform the
Of course you might think that hanging around waiting for your fix of sun is a rather boring survival strategy, especially in Scotland where it could be a long wait, and this is probably why predators evolved (OK, I may be missing out a few important steps in the evolutionary story here).
Personally, I am finding exposure to warm sunshine enervating rather than energizing.
Oh and I don't suppose that sun and CO2 come in beef, lamb or turkey flavoured.
I mean, no plant is going to be looking forward with eager anticipation to that especially yummy wavelength of light (600 or 700 nm perhaps) for dinner, now are they?
I get jealous when my momma waters her plants. I bark and bark - she should be paying attenshun to me and not dem!ReplyDelete
Gourmet wavelengths, perhaps?ReplyDelete
THIS is a very though provoking post, Bertie.ReplyDelete
Have you considered the Venus Fly Trap and the various Pitcher Plants?
We have been known to munch a bug or two. So pawhaps we do wonder about the life of a Plant.
OH YES... Very Thought Provoking Post..indeed.
I would like to be an oak...but not in a dog park lol. btw: do you remember that events of the 60's? Let's hug a tree (in a dog park woohoo!) or let's dance our name lolReplyDelete
Crikey ..... I've never imagined I were a plant and after all that info I'm never going to!! Who wants to eat sunlight? I wanna eat PIG!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Your local park sure is pretty, aye??
No we don't eat anything green so we wouldn't want to be a plant. Food for thought Bertie. Have a tremendous Thursday.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Molly
Plants do like a good fertlizer though - even some blood n bone mix.....does that make them carnivores? They even like some nice stinky manure....hey - maybe they are more like us then we thought?ReplyDelete
I, MADI, AM A SUN DIVA. I ACTUALLY TRAVEL AROUND THE HOUSE DURING DAY FOLLOWING SUN PUDDLES. YOU ARE CORRECT THE ENERGY FROM THE SUN IS AMAZING AND I PERSONALLY THINK IT HAS MADE YOUR TERRIER TAIL MORE HANDSOME
HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF
We think we must be doing something wrong here. Me and Teka love to eat the grass, and we both eat other veggies and fruits too? Does that mean we have evolved or devolved. Or maybe we are not dogs? We know you can help us with the answer.ReplyDelete
Oh yes every plant yearns for it's sunbath and shower to cool with after... As do I....!!!!!! those garden beds are looking well luscious. My preference is for the 'free range' look over the rigid geometrics; so the garden stands a good chance with me... ;*> Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
Plants have it easy not being dependant on silly people. Thanks for the lesson.ReplyDelete
Bertie we will wait for the sunReplyDelete
Lily & Edward
The plants are in trouble when it doesn't rain like what's happening in my area. Everything is wilted! They would actually like the sun to go away!ReplyDelete
I think that my sissy Cinderella might be part plant. She loves going out in the backyard and basking in the sun for as long as Momma will let her. Maybe she figured out this photosynthesis stuff!ReplyDelete
Oh how I love to hear you speak in your smartness Bertie!!ReplyDelete
Now on the other hand than what Addi thinks, I am thinking that you Bertie have way too much time on your paws!!
Yes plants are amazing! You sure know a lot about them!ReplyDelete
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