Monday, May 11, 2009

Tansy Ragwort (131/365)

 2009 05 11 IMG_4904
"What ye have been ye still shall be,
When we are dust the dust among,
O yellow flowers!"

Henry Austin Dobson (English poet and essayist, 1840-1921)

TIME: 10:17 AM
PLACE:  North side of Cemetery on Green Mount Road 
SUBJECT: Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

I went back today to try to capture a photo of the yellow flowers I mentioned yesterday.  They are called "Tansy Ragwort".  This plant is an invasive, toxic biennial and is classified as a noxious weed in many states here in the USA.  This weed is one of the most common causes of poisoning in horses and cattle if consumed.  Even the milk from affected cows can contain this plant's toxins.  Still, I thought the fields looked pretty with all of these yellow flowers blooming in them. 

8 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

Maddening, these flowers - so beautiful yet . . .

There's a problem here too with Oxford Ragwort - a danger to horses but exceptionally pretty when you see it in the hedgerows later in the summer.

Lucy

Monica said...

There weren't any dosing instructions in that information you read, were there??

Just kidding ... honest!

I've come to the conclusion that weeds are every bit as beautiful as flowers - at least when you are photographing them!

Christina said...

Weeds against the blue sky make a pretty picture.

Mari said...

It's a pretty weed, but sounds like it's not too good to have around!

bentonflocke said...

what a intensive and bright colour!! Fantastic shot!

Sujomi (SuzyH) said...

Lucy - They are quite beautiful filling the fields. But I can see why the farmers do not care for them.

Monica - It can't be that bad can it? Thank you for your kind words, I've been trying to find beauty in all things, it makes for a better picture and helps me overcome my natural pessimism! ;)

Christina - That blue sky has been few and far between around here lately...too much rain!

Sujomi (SuzyH) said...

Mari - I enjoy looking at it, but I'm sure if I earned my living planting, I'd abhor them.

bentonflocke - I was lucky to have a blue sky to frame them on this day.

Oz Girl said...

It is a beautiful weed, what a shame it is so noxious! Wonderful photo you took. :)