I love how the water beaded up on these mimosa fronds during a sudden early-summer thunderstorm. The long, fern-like leaves close up at night, and when raindrops touch their sensitive upper surfaces.
The mimosa tree (also known as the Persian silk tree, Albizia julibrissin) is not only a tree, but also a member of the legume (bean) family. Now I understand why it has those long, skinny seedpods. I’m still wondering about redbuds and locust trees, though, and their bean-like seedpods.
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Mimosa tree in my yard during thunderstorm
LaGrange, Georgia—11 June 2011