07.13.2016 It’s Queen Anne’s Lace season again

Although also known as “Wild Carrot” (Daucus carota) I have yet to eat one.  They are too lovely in the field or along our driveway to consider picking.  I’d rather have the plants come back year after year than pluck them from the ground so I can say I foraged my salad.


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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22 Responses to 07.13.2016 It’s Queen Anne’s Lace season again

  1. Lottie Nevin says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤ I love these plants. we have something similar here in Spain. In fact i'm off to draw some later if I can find some shade 🙂

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  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    Not to be confused with wild parsnip and giant hogweed.

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  3. Another atypical view. Nicely done. You’ve been working that artistic eye to good effect lately. Maybe it’s the pace of these relaxed summer months? How’s Bentley doing?

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    • I always am trying for something different but often come back with the typical. It’s all in what nature offers for me to discover.

      Bentley is doing great. I think we have passed the house-broken hurdle as long as we pay attention and he gets his 3 to 5 walks per day in. He is a loud barker and once the 30 days is up, we may dub him “Barkley”. Mary Beth has already just accidentally called him that…it seems to roll off the tongue easier.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    Beautiful composition, Steve, and the subtle background accentuates the QAL all the more.

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    • Thanks, Gary. I often strive to make an image that is the floral equivalent of a BOAS (Bird on a Stick) that so many pursue. They make nice portraits. But as was mentioned by a few regarding your post today, it is also nice to see things in their environment and natural surroundings.


  5. Todd Henson says:

    I love when we’re able to take what might be everyday objects/plants/species and create beautiful images of them. You’ve done that here, Steve. Great image. I love the background. And the smaller bud at the bottom makes the image for me. Almost as if it’s holding up the longer stem.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Such a lovely image. My first thought was of a child clinging to its mother, and that brought to mind Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion.” Apart from that, I very much like the way you’ve paired the bud with the bloom. Maybe you could sell a local Bed and Breakfast on decorating with this different kind of B & B.

    Every time I see something tall and white in a field, my impulse is to identify it as Queen Anne’s Lace. It may or may not be, of course. There are at least a couple of plants here that resemble it from a distance, and probably more. But it was such a part of the Iowa landscape when I was growing up, and it’s still one of my favorites.

    I’ve never heard the phrase “bird on a stick,” but when I looked at my bird photos, there are a few. It’s an innately appealing view, I think.

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    • I see them more as siblings which may be a little closer to the reality although most likely without our tendency to see things through our own reality. Your idea of approaching a B&B with my portfolio is a good idea.

      I think it is natural to have a previous experience as our first response to what appears to be a familiar sight. The fun part is discovering what we see as an encounter with a new acquaintance.

      Many folks try for the BOAS look and I agree that it is appealing. It can be a challenge to attain. But I think a greater challenge is creating an image that stands out from the chaos in a recognizable way. I aspire to the latter more than the former…but would not pass up the chance for a nice isolated shot of an interesting subject.


  7. Queen Anne’s lace puts in an occasional appearance around Austin, but in Illinois last month I saw scads of it.

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  8. Lovely pic with the smaller plant next to the tall blooming one. I’m crazy about the background colors. Really nice.

    The plant grows in Texas also and it’s probably wide spread having adapted very well as an introduction from Europe.

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  9. Very nice, Steve. I love these too, and always leave at least a couple growing in my garden. I’ve never eaten one but they do smell carrot-y when I pull the extra ones up. Call me a coward but I like my food from a grocery store!

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    • I don’t forage much at all either, Melissa. That said, if I were hungry I’d eat these with confidence. I prefer to leave wild foods (such as blueberries) for the wild beasts that need them although I am not sure if any eat wild carrot. Bugs was always eating Farmer Fudd’s garden carrots.


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