So I was out with my camera having a great time
taking pictures of the new spring leaves on the cottonwoods and…
At the same time I was dodging nasty things
like burdock thistles
and cockle burrs.
I thought I’d gotten home safely. But discovered I’d picked up a bunch of hitchhikers.
These sticky prickles have many names such as sticktights, beggar’s ticks and hound’s tongue.
I had some other names for them.
A burr is a seed or dry fruit in which the seeds bear hooks or teeth which attach themselves to fur or clothing of passing animals or people. The hooks or teeth can be irritants and very hard to get off of clothing, such as wool or cotton. It was the inspiration for Velcro.