It snowed today!

I love snow. I had to enjoy viewing it from the windows at work all day, then, just before sunset I was able to get outside for a few photos.

What a beautiful snowfall, outlining all the trees and making it seem possible to see far into the forest and look for bird nests.

I found plenty of “bird’s nests” of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota). The nicely snow-capped dried flower heads reminded me of cotton bolls, the fluffy white heads of cotton plants. Neither plant is native to South Jersey, but I do enjoy the pretty white flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace in summer. Also called wild carrot, it is edible, and nutritious. But be careful, it closely resembles Poison Hemlock!

If you look closer at the of the dried flower, you can see the seeds which are covered in hooked spines. One flower umbel can produce 3,000 seeds.



Queen Anne’s Lace seed (David Wagner, Eugene Weekly)

London plane tree; reminds me of a paint-by-number I had as a kid.


London Plane Tree (Platanus × acerifolia)



5 thoughts on “It snowed today!

    1. edthompson Post author

      Thank you for visiting my site! I think Queen Anne’s lace was the first flower I truly looked closely at with a magnifying glass; it is awesome. Take a magnifying glass when you go running! Also, a host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly, and a useful pollinator species plant (despite that it is not native.)


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