As kids, we called them whirligigs and heli­copters, but the botan­i­cal­ly mind­ed know them as sama­ras. The red maple tree (Acer rubrum) in my yard is full of them right now: winged seed pairs that dan­gle like ear­rings from slen­der ruby stalks called pedicels.

Every spring I pluck a few of these del­i­cate beau­ties to admire up close. And last year, while under the influ­ence of play­ful child­hood mem­o­ries and whirligig whim­sy, a dreamy water­col­or emerged.

"Spring Dream" by Adra Fisher
“Spring Dream” by Adra Fisher. (Click to enlarge)

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    Adra Fisher grew up in Winchester, moved away in her ear­ly 20s and returned a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry lat­er. She enjoys all types of art and encour­ag­ing oth­ers to live creatively.