So, as you know by now, I’m not much for photographing pretty flowers for the sake of photographing pretty flowers; I figure plenty of people do that well enough already. But for my own edification I keep a pictorial record of the wildflowers that grow all over my yard and garden; since we live in the sticks, there’s a lot of ’em, and if a digital file folder can be said to be overstuffed and out of control, then my garden folder is that.
The lesser evolved among us will call these “weeds”, and with barely concealed glee, yank them from pristine lawns and pampered cutting beds. Passive-aggressive types just spray them with something and run away, yelling over their shoulders things like “Invasive!” and “Nasty!” and “No!”
This Hairy Vetch, and the Bird’s Foot Trefoil above, are legumes — related to peas — and like all legumes, they are soil enhancers: they fix your lousy dirt for you.
Self-Heal was traditionally used to treat cuts and blisters, and as an antioxidant when brewed as a tea: it fixes your immune system for you.
I actually didn’t intend to show these pix (like I said, they’re for me), but yesterday I realized that our cold, damp summer has caused a lack of some of my favorites — Crimson Clover, Cut-Leaf Geranium, Douglas Aster, Creeping Spearwort; all of them “common weeds” — and I guess I’m just pining for their surprising beauty.
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Lotus corniculatus, vivere
Lotus corniculatus, moribundus (1)
Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata
Lotus corniculatus, moribundus (2)
All images c. 2012
Fujifilm Color 200
Pentax MX, handheld
Macro images taken with Pentax 70-150mm zoom mounted on an extension tube