QUEEN ANNE’S LACE II

Posted: August 6, 2015 in 60mm lens, Canon 60D, Details, Photography, Portraits, Wabi Sabi, Wildflowers
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Six images. These really are better viewed at full-sized.

In which we consider some of this lovely flower’s nom de blooms.

It’s not too much of a stretch to understand a name like “wild carrot” for this flower (check out the taproot,) but “Queen Anne’s Lace?”

Legend says that Queen Anne, wife of James I, was challenged to create a lace more beautiful than any flower. The drop of purple in the center of each flower is said to represent a drop of blood that fell when Anne pricked her finger as she worked.

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Not a botanist,  but I always thought the faux bug at the center of each flower was this clever creature’s way of luring other insects to her blooms. (“Hey, look! What’s that guy doing down there? I want some, too.”)

Please let me point out that I could have made churlish reference to the Queen’s bloomers, but I have far too much couth for that sort of word play.

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The next shot delights me for both the capture of the flower and the tri-colored background. This was a perfect confluence of a patch of the Golden Glow, a bed of white daisies, and a green lawn, all flowing together and blurred nicely by that f2.8 60mm lens.

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Had I been consulted regarding alternative names for The Queen, I would have called the almost-flowered version “Maude.” While the Queen sways regally in even the mildest of breezes, these ladies-in-waiting with their curls stuffed up under mob caps, bob and dance attendance around her, knowing that they will soon have their own moments in the sun.

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Tomorrow: Fields of Queens

Comments
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Your photographic versatility shows. Lovely photos.

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