moment of risk

“NO RISK IS MORE TERRIFYING than that taken by the first root. A lucky root will eventually find water, but its first job is to anchor—to anchor an embryo and forever end its mobile phase, however passive that mobility was.Once the first root is extended, the plant will never again enjoy any hope (however feeble) of relocating to a place less cold, less dry, less dangerous…

Everything is risked in that one moment when the first cells (the ‘hypocotyl’) advance from the seed coat…The gamble is everything, and losing means death.”
—Hope Jahren

note: quotations are from the book, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren, which I’m currently reading. Lyrical, educational,enjoyable, poetic expressions of science and passionate human experience.


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