Sunny summer landscape photographs of Queen Anne's lace growing in a rural meadow
For me, the frilly white flowers of Queen Anne's lace are a potent symbol of summer. Acres and acres of them can be seen across the countryside when the days get long and hot. Did you know these "beneficial weeds" are actually an edible form of wild carrot?
Daucus Carota or wild carrot, is also known as Queen Anne's lace, bird's nest, and bishop's lace. It's an edible plant related to the domesticated orange carrot found in supermarkets, but handle with care because the fuzzy stem can be a skin irritant. And a very special care must be taken when choosing plants to consume because they are easily confused with poison hemlock, which can be deadly and in fact was the poison that killed Socrates in 399 BC.
The plants are said to be nicknamed after Britain's lacemaking Queen Anne.
In some states, Queen Anne's lace is considered beneficial to agriculture, creating a cooling microclimate and attracting bees and butterflies, while in others it's considered an invasive species.
Regardless of its practical benefits, in all its stages of growth it's a beautiful and fascinating plant.
Below are my three new photographs of Queen Anne's lace taken on a hot summer day. I hope you like them.
Fine art photographs of Queen Anne's lace
Summer Lace: Black and White Landscape Photograph. Click to buy a fine art print.
Queen Anne's Lace - Black and White Landscape Photograph. Click to buy a photograph.
Summer Wildflowers - Black and White Landscape Photograph. Click to buy a print.