Love the composition of this! 🙂
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Thanks, Ann. 🙂
It was smart of you to render all the farther-back inflorescences so nicely out of focus.
You were the driving force in a way. Our conversation about them and my saying I wanted to do something a little different from my usual. Not quite abstract but approaching it. I don’t use the bokeh very often, but that was exactly my goal.
So beautiful. Very smart.
As weeds go, they are among the brightest. 🙂
Thank you. Beauty is always my goal with flowers, but especially the “weedy” ones.
It might be a weed but here in the photo it is a lovely plant with no hints of being a weed.
As “weeds” go it is a beauty. Thanks, Yvonne.
You know, I really like the humble smartweed, not least because its name seems incongruous. They come up around sidewalks and in cities all the time, and I have always admired the pluck of that. This portrait shows them respect! 🙂
Actually the name is from other than we’d think. It has to do with the juice of the plant getting in your eyes. Ow, that smarts. 🙂 Seriously though, I’ve read that that is where the name comes from as well as the leaves have a peppery taste.
I always try to make weed flowers look good. I’ve been called on for that with tansy which is a non-native and a bit pesty for some gardeners.
I never knew that about the name – interesting! Tansy is another sweetheart of a flower – dependable, tough, happy little buttons. That one grows well out here too. I like that you make an effort to show the most “lowly” plants in a good light.
Despite the opinion of others regarding Tansy as a pest, I have always found it beautiful. For some reason, before I was interested in wild plants, I grabbed the name from some work by Shakespeare and it stuck with me until I started photographing it.
Back in the 70’s, I remember coming across a recipoe for “Tansy pie” – that stuck with me! Not the recipe though. 🙂
I am not aware of Tansy as edible. I think it can be toxic and a quick Google search confirmed it. Whether boiling in making tea reduces that I don’t know. Some Amanitas are said to be edible with multiple boilings but it’s not recommended and I don’t think Tansy is either.
That’s strange, isn’t it? Maybe I misremembered, all these years, or maybe there was a catch. 🙂 It was a weird idea anyway.
I remembered Shakespeare mentioning Tansy although I have endeavored to find the quote and haven’t been able to find it. I think it did have to do with it as a tea but my memory may be faulty also.
OK, here we are:
Yeah, tansy has a history and was used quite a bit for a time. I’ve always figured that if there are bad side effects they outweigh the good. Most supplements fall into the category of “not proven” and I’ve slowly stopped with most unless my doctor actually suggests their usefulness. I fully respect herbalists but limit myself in following their advice.
OTOH, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating its beauty.
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