Posted: August 4, 2015 in 60mm lens, Canon 60D, Details, Flowers, My Backyard, Photography, Portraits, Wabi Sabi, White, Wildflowers

Right now, the fields and ditches, prairies and roadsides of Wisconsin are blanketed in waves of Queen Anne’s Lace, also known Daucus Carota, wild carrot, bird’s nest, and bishop’s lace. Whatever name she’s going by, she is an elegant white presence throughout my flower gardens and I am leaving her undisturbed since I find her to be easily as beautiful as any domesticated plant growing there.



Queen Anne’s Lace is considered an invasive species, having been imported from Europe. What I just learned is that this flower is the forerunner of our domestic carrot and its taproot can be eaten because it is…wait for it…a wild carrot. Cool! Not only a beauty, but one that can feed us as well.



The “bird’s nest” name comes because the flower gradually turns in on itself, forming a tight fist full of seeds.


The fields behind my house are thick with the plants and the slightest breeze keeps them in constant motion.  Frankly, I can’t get enough. When I am done admiring them from my window or patio, I am forced to grab a camera and go to pay my respects, up close and personal.

More tomorrow.

  1. adelekaye says:

    Thank You, Pat…lovely….the delicacy is amazing.

  2. Peter Bordini says:

    I really enjoy your “take” on the world. Fantastic photos always.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    Sounds like your in your “special place”, usually reserved for rust and downtown. Enjoy. Watch out for the giant wild killer rabbits though, attracted by the wild carrots. 🙂

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