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Here by Glimpses Known - Queen Anne's Lace

 This one is for clarentine , who seems fond of Queen Anne's Lace. Taken at sunset, along the canal.

The lore behind the name: The plant is named after Queen Anne of England, renowned as an expert lace maker. But one day, she pricked her finger with a needle and a drop of blood fell into the lace, whence comes the deep purple-red bud in the center of the flower, which you can see in the top right photo.

And a bonus close-up:


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Jul. 28th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I heard that it was Anne Bolyn, Henry VIII's second wife (who was beheaded for adultery or something), and it was when they came in to arrest her she pricked her finger on the needle...

Jul. 28th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I like that version better!
Jul. 28th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Your macro is better than my macro - I shall have to try harder. Great photos!
Aug. 1st, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Ah, well, my good macros = great equipment. I'm sure that has more to do with it than trying harder, though trying and practice can never hurt.
Aug. 1st, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about getting a macro, but I hear lots of people say you need a tripod to hold the camera steady. Do you use one? I love to take flower pictures, but I really don't want to bother with tripods and tings.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
hehe. We have a tripod but I hardly ever use it, and I feel like I have the shakiest hands in the West. :P I just make sure my speed is not below 80 and I can get good shots. Maybe (certainly) I could get better with a tripod, but like you, I don't want to tote one around.
Aug. 1st, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos!

I've always loved Queen Anne's lace and was intrigued to discover that when it begins to go to seed this way, that some people call it "bird's nest" (from the way it curls up, cup-like).
Aug. 1st, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Bird's nest, that makes perfect sense. And now you have inspired me to do a sketch. I'm often inspired and don't always follow through, but I'm going to try to this time around. :D
Aug. 1st, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)

Did you use a background for the pictures?
Aug. 2nd, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
No background except the sky. :)

I went out near sunset, and the sun was going down behind me. I was concentrating on the flowers more than the background, but I checked my display screen and saw what a gorgeous blue I could get when I took a little bit of sky filtered through tree branches and leaves (that's why some of them look almost like watercolor backdrops). Taking just the sky behind them gave a rather boring, too-dark blue.
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