I'm no botanist. Maybe I should be. I love plants enough that I should care enough to be able to name their parts. Maybe if I knew more I would be able to say why these stay on the plant during winter, the shell slowly disintegrating into an intricate cage. I think it would probably heighten my appreciation for the whole process. I'm not sure that I ever will though. For now, I'm content to point at a thing and say, "That's incredible," and to try and photographically communicate the way it reveals itself to me.