08.04.2014 Queen Anne’s Lace

We have a print of a Queen Anne’s Lace water color, by a Maine artist, hanging in the bathroom that I admire greatly.  It is of a field of the flowers filling the frame as it fades into the distance with all the greenery glowing softly.  For years I have hoped to find a similar field so I could make an image resembling that vision.  Yesterday morning, while at Wentworth Farm in Amherst, I thought I might achieve that goal but I just could not find anything that would work in that manner.  I guess that, looking on the bright side, I still have a prize to chase.

But I did make images of Queen Anne’s Lace, which is also known as Wild Carrot  (Daucus carota) and an alien in North America.Queen-Anne's-Lace-2-080314-800WebThe background here is Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe aka maculosa) which is a noxious invasive non-native that eventually takes over an area crowding out the other inhabitants by using up the available groundwater faster than the other plants.  I am not sure what our town plans on doing with the Knapweed, but I made use of it.

Queen-Anne's-Lace-1-080314-800WebThis background is Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and also non-native.  Maybe alien plants should have been the theme today.  I’ve always liked Tansy, for some reason……possibly from hearing it mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, and it will most likely appear on its own tomorrow.

With all this talk about the backgrounds, I hope you like the Queen Anne’s lace in the images.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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26 Responses to 08.04.2014 Queen Anne’s Lace

  1. Andrew says:

    Very much liked Steve. It vaguely reminds me of what I used to call Cow Parsley.


  2. I’ll do my best to keep this post from making me feel alienated.


  3. Jim in IA says:

    Nice photos, Steve. We’ve noticed a lot of the Queen’s Lace blooming here lately. We thought it might be time to republish this one by Melanie from last summer. http://wp.me/p3izEO-6e


  4. First Gingold, then Hardacre, then Schwartzman…. Doesn’t get any better than the anchor and the pair of masters linked to him. Start in New England, traverse over and down to the Southwest, then globe trot over to Long Valley in Hong Kong. Now wonder I like this place.



  5. Yes, very much. I think in the second one you did get some glow in the background. I have a fine crop of Queen Anne’s Lace in my garden, because I like it so much and because so do black swallowtails. I also find that I have Purple Loosestrife, an aptly named thug of an alien if I’ve ever heard one. The great news there is that the beetles introduced to control it are working, so all of the leaves are nicely laced and I don’t fear that it will wreak the damage it once could. Now, I can just smile and think, “how pretty!”


    • We’ve never had it in our garden, but I have seen QAL in the gardens of homes that I visit. Mullein too. I think some people like having some wild “weeds” decorate their property. We try to encourage milkweed in our yard for the Monarchs. Not very successful attracting them so far. I used to see several cats a year, but not for a few years now.
      Purple Loosestrife does grow abundantly here too, but I don’t see it overpowering the natives as much as it does elsewhere.


  6. Yup … certainly a pretty one … pretty enough to have been the motif at the wedding of a very good friend a couple of years ago. Like lace … and, I think, goes very much un-noticed. Thanks for bringing it to our attention today. In a very pretty way, I will add. D


  7. The second one with the yellow background is my favorite. For some reason it is more appealing. Nice shots, Steve.


  8. Just Rod says:

    I wonder if alien varieties are particularly troublesome in borders?

    There was a lot of publicity about the ravages that purple loo strife would cause here. But around our lake it doesn’t seem to have taken over. Just the same few clumps there were ten years ago.

    Very nice image of the QAL. It really is a pretty plant


    • Thanks, Rod.

      Some non-natives are more aggressive than others. Generally I think Purple Loosestrife is pretty invasive but I guess some environments are more resistant and keep it in balance a little.


  9. Sandra says:

    I especially like the second one because of the light fluffy background. A very nice photo with a good mood in it 🙂


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