The Beauty of Nature

10.09.2011

After I mowed the yard a few days ago I waited till late afternoon and snapped a few shots of WEEDS. Yes, that is correct, weeds. I love cutting the grass. It is good to get out and just breathe in the fresh air and to get away from the computer. It was so dry and dusty though my lungs were probably filled with dirt. I love a manicured lawn and I despise weeds growing in the yard and it has been a losing battle trying to get rid of them. The weeds I took pictures of are growing on the edge of our wood line and they are really quite pretty this time of year. Mother nature is just starting her fall show here. You can even find the beauty in weeds.


We have plenty of goldenrod. At least I think that is what this is.


Queen Anne's lace, I think. I really don't know the name of weeds except dandelions.


Don't know what this is, but it sure is pretty.

 
Not sure what this is either, but it is tall and looks kind of like cotton.

Maybe this is a dandelion. Do they grow tall??

This is a tall green weed that was sparkling in the setting sun.


Here is what they look like from a distance.

And we have some giant polk salad. Did you know you can eat it? I have not tried it. 

I googled some info on polk salad and it is most common here in Georgia and the leaves can be boiled with fatback and eaten like other greens.  

The birds love the berries.



So get off the computer and get out in the fresh air and enjoy mother nature this weekend if the weather allows.
Go on!

35 comments:

  1. You do, indeed, have some lovely weeds :) Growing up on the farm in central Virginia, we used polk berries to paint our fingernails as children - you brought back a fun memory! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Mary @ Redo 101

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  2. Well Kim, I thought I would never say this, but those are some gorgeous weeds! I dont think I have ever heard of that kind of a berry. Does it taste like a blueberry? You can tell I m a southern Californian!

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  3. Kim I love the way goldenrod looks. We have that growing here to. I tried cutting some once and put it in a vase but it doesn't last long at all once it's cut. Martina

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  4. Yep, that's definitely Goldenrod, which I find lasts for weeks when I cut it and put it in a vase. So pretty!

    That isn't Queen Anne's Lace, but I don't know what it's called and the things that look like 'cotton', are indeed just 'spent' dandelions.

    That's as helpful as I can get with my knowledge of weeds! But they sure are beautiful!

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  5. That is indeed Goldenrod. I don't know what the poofy looking flower is, but it is pretty.

    I have eaten poke greens. The stalks and leaves are often added to lambs quarter and/or other "greens" and boiled with fatback, here in our beloved Ozarks. Serve with cornbread (baked in iron skillet) please.LOL Your poke is past gathering, though. According to my daughters' maternal grandmother, poke must be gathered while the stalk is still tender, early spring. She told us the stalk is toxic when it turns red. Of course, I cannot identify poke until the stalk is red, so I have not gathered it for cooking. She also told us, poke grows where the ground has been disturbed as in digging or excavating in some way. G'ma B was a natural Ozark herbalist. She knew wildflowers/weeds like no one I have ever known. She also knew lots about home remedies and was an amazing cook and of course, storyteller. She ironed EVERYthing, including sheets. An Ozark country woman extraordinaire, she lived to be 98 years old.
    Wow...I just took a trip down memory lane...sorry for dragging you along.;-)

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  6. Pretty pictures Kim! I love the look of Queen Anne's Lace and Goldenrod.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Pam

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  7. Sad to say I don't know my weeds, nor most flowers LOL! Great shots though Kim, that one with the sun rays is gorgeous!

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  8. I love your weeds! I planted goldenrod in my yard. Florists are now using it. Don't let anyone tell you it causes allergy problems - not true. Queen Annes lace is one of my favorite flowers.

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  9. We have some of those Polk Salad weeds and they are pretty oh so invasive! Goldenrod is so pretty but makes me sneeze! Fall is such a pretty time of year!

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  10. That does look like a dandelion. You sure grow them big in Georgia. I hate weeds too but mine of the short variety here.

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  11. The beauty of nature-even weeds are pretty. Lovely photos.

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  12. These are such pretty weeds Kim!
    I used to be in a garden club and someone asked a horticulture expert who was speaking what some specific weed was, the expert didn't know but she said she called it "Roadsidia"
    !!! Thought that was funny.
    :)
    Enjoy the glorious weather.
    We are sharing it up here in IL too.

    xx
    Alison

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  13. Those are some pretty weeds!
    I took my kids out yesterday to walk some trails at the cliffs of the neuse and had a picnic. It was wonderful to get out and enjoy nature. We have had beautiful weather lately.

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  14. I have most of the same wild vegetation growing in my yard. Never knew that was polk salad!! I have a lot of wild asters in pale lilac...do you have those? When I was walking the dog this morning in the backyard, I notice tons of the golden rod and the wild asters mixed together, and I had a moment of appreciation for their beauty.

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  15. I've never seen such pretty weeds before! Ha! I really love the shot with the sun shining and the rainbow. Your camera takes great pictures!

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  16. Kim, those are not weeds...they are wildflowers! Nothing is more beautiful than to travel for miles and miles in the fall along a road lined in goldenrod. And nothing is more beautiful in the morning when the sun is coming up amid a field of Queen Anne's Lace! And who can resist the beauty of the deep purple in poke saldad? Love all your pictures! In fact, these wildflowers I think connect me more to fall than leaves falling. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Love your blog.
    Best,
    Lottie

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  17. Kim, I've never seen such beautiful weeds! Great photographs! I agree, let's get outside and enjoy mother nature!

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  18. Wow Kim... such beauty! Totally inspired to go outside and take a walk! It's gorgeous here in Omaha and I needed these gorgeous images to get me going today!
    Thanks,
    Jan

    PS My mom has been collecting for YEARS! She has found a few bargains to fill in also... hang in there - you'll get your collections! Your home is absolutely beautiful!

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  19. Kim, great looking weeds you've got there!! Everything here just looks like "fried summer"...LOL!!...including the weeds!!

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  20. Oh this is just gorgeous! I love weeds when they flower...it's kind of amazing, isn't it? I have a jar of parsley that flowered and it looks so beautiful in a little jar in my kitchen window. Okay...I'm going for a walk...maybe I'll take my camera!

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  21. Hi Kim,

    What a glorious looking day today!
    Beautiful photos, we have had a very warm Thanksgiving Weekend! Love the picture of the sunshine...
    Enjoy!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  22. That's the beauty of photography, a photographer can make even weeds look pretty. =) Great photography, Kim! Love the last shot the most! XO ~Liz

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  23. Beautiful shots. Like you I like being outdoors, heading out to do some mowing now.. enjoy the rest of your day.. hugs ~lynne~

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  24. Beautiful photos Kim! I sat outside all afternoon and read a magazine while Jemma played and Tom watched football. It was so nice out!

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  25. Gorgeous photos. Love the goldenrod.

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  26. Who knew weeds could look so pretty! Great pictures. I'm really amazed by the Polk Salad. I have never seen that before.

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  27. I love to see the weeds along the roadway this time of year. They are gorgeous...but glad that are not growing in my yard. At least yours are off to the side along the woods..and they ARE pretty!

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  28. I love your photos! I too took some weed shots. Only I picked some and made a bouquet. I have to edit them and get them up. I was not very productive this weekend. We enjoyed some outdoor time today as well.

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  29. You certainly have some interesting weeds, Kim. I've read about Polk weed in books but never before knew what it looks like.

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  30. That is Goldenrod...which is NOT a weed but a perennial flower. I have it in my perennial bed and it comes back every year, blooming in the fall. Bees particularly love it! It is not what people sneeze from actually, although people commonly attribute it to that.

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  31. Read more about Goldenrod here (it is ragweed which looks similar that makes people sneeze)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod

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  32. We have the same beautiful "weeds" growing along our woodline too Kim. Since the garden is just about gone to bed for the season I may be picking some of those weeds to bring inside. Love the wild asters. We also have some kind of bush that has hanging clusters of tiny red berries. Very pretty in a fall arrangement and something else that is black and fluffy. Perfect for Halloween. I don't think that is Queen Anne's Lace. Most of that has died down from summer. I used to love this song called Polk Salad Annie. :) Listen to it on You Tube. It will you movin' and groovin' this Monday Morning. xo

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  33. I love the wild flowers; thanks for sharing. I live in Virginia, and Queen Anne's Lace shows up here in July. It's related to the parsley and carrot family, and the foliage looks more like parsley. So I'm thinking those pretty Queen Anne's Lace-like flowers are something else.

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  34. Did not know of polk weed. Will have to do some research.

    Love your shots!

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  35. Great shots! Enjoyed the weeds, but I am sneezing just looking at them! :)

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