Friday, 22 May 2015

Understated Elegance

Cow Parsley everywhere as far as the eye can see

Tiny, white, delicate petals. 
Still, calm and quiet as I pad slowly on by, 
observing, breathing in, capturing, feeling.

Last year I wrote a little about my love for this pretty wild flower here.
And this year I am still in awe of the understated elegance and beauty of a wild flower so lovely.

Tiny delicate flowers of which there are a few varieties including the beautiful name 'Queen Anne's Lace' originating from when Queen Anne travelled the country side around Kensington during May. She mused that the roadsides had been decorated especially for her by these pretty flowers. As she & the ladies in waiting walked, they carried lace pillows, they came to note that the Cow Parsley resembled the lace.

'Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.'

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, (1828-1882).


  1. I love this flower! So photogenic.
    And I love the idea of visible silence......
    Beautiful photos Zoe. xx

  2. they are! really photogenic you're right, thank you so much ..... X