Queen Anne's Lace
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
Photograph - Photography
Captured in the mountains of the
Haute Loire of France,
the wildflowers were blooming
along the country roads in the valley
near the river....
Wild carrot, the real botanical species
of this beautiful lacy flower,
was introduced and naturalized in North America,
where it is often known as "Queen Anne's lace".
Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain,
and her great grandmother,
Anne of Denmark,
are taken to be the Queen Anne
for which the plant is named.
It is so called because the flower
the red flower in the center
is thought to represent
a blood droplet where Queen Anne
pricked herself with a needle
when she was making the lace.
The function of the tiny red flower,
colored by anthocyanin,
is to attract insects.
January 3rd, 2013
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