golden hour (mostly queen anne's lace) | july 29th, 2017

Another back-post photo blog! I went out to take pictures during golden hour but they ended up mostly being Queen Anne's Lace... I decided it didn't matter how many Queen Anne's Lace photos I've taken; I'll take more anyway. Around this time of year, there's a lull in the wildflowers and the lace takes over.

I love photos like these where the contrast between the highlights and shadows is so intense.

Legend says that this plant was named after Anne, the Queen of England, who was an expert lace maker. According to the legend, she was making lace one day when her finger was poked by the needle and a spot of blood landed in the middle of the lace, just like the single red flower in the middle of this plant. I don't think that's true but I can tell you that the Latin name for this plant is daucus carota and it is also known as "wild carrot."

I know for a fact I've taken a picture incredibly similar to this one.. but.. I wanted to take another.

These were such a cool color. I don't think they blend well with the gold light though.

I love "messy" golden hour wildflower shots like these!

Some more facts on Queen Anne's lace:

  • it's good for nearby tomato plants
  • paintings from the past centuries document the history and changes of the plant
  • even though it's edible, it's safer to avoid eating it as two other plants look similar and are poisonous (poison hemlock and fool's parsley)
  • the white flower top can grow to be as wide as 8 or 9 inches

Keep taking pictures of/painting/writing songs about the same thing you love. If you're not doing your art it because you love it, then why are you doing it at all?

- Victoria

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