Jul. 27, 2017

stinging nettle, Urtica dioica

The effects of the sharp hairs on the stem and leaves are all too familiar. Nettles have become a symbol for trouble in many languages. The French have a saying, don't throw grandma in the nettles. It means be careful not to abuse a situation. It tempts me to comment on current political activity. But everyone else, including grandma, say I shouldn't throw grandma into the nettles. This particular nettle did offer an opportunity to take a stinging situation and turn it into what I think is an interesting image. The backlit angle brings out the green in the leaf, and whitens the flowers, creating a nice image of a nasty plant. Nettles are a very successfully adapted plant. They are native in damp areas all over the world. Here they grow in every state and province except HI, and in GL and SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/29/10.