Queen Anne’s Lace on New Year’s Eve in Moschelle

Queen Anne’s Lace is one of the prettiest flowers along paths and in old fields here.  Its form is part of what makes it so pretty and this time of year is a particularly excellent time to see the form stripped of its sepals and petals. Once the flowers are pollinated, the stems close up forming a tight cup…but not all of them do this (why this is I’m not sure).

A chance to see signs of summer and fall transformed and edging frozen paths on a cold winter walk creates a special charm and lures me out of a warm house often.

The winter stems of this plant when they are not closed up always remind me of spider webs…I like to think of them as special winter versions.

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