White Azalea Stigma

Since my fixation has had me looking at these azaleas too closely, I’ve moved from thinking the concavities and convexities were where the beauty lies; now, I’m back to the function and purpose. I think this is the most beautiful part: the stigma, the tip of the style, the protrusion that makes the most contact with other living things; it’s a kind of stalk or conduit to the ovary, the bulbous end of the style. Even more beautiful is the thought that in the botanical world, the “fruit” we eat is essentially a ripened ovary whose cells are full of watery flavor sacs that are actually cellular wastes. It’s a pure form of recycling– we may consume (to derive essential energy) other organisms wastes, and vice-versa. And, really, it’s the best kind of consumption… consumption with purpose– consumption to persist.

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