It’s the height of summer, which means that our fields are a profusion of flowering white weeds that originated in Europe and are the subject of a debated legend.

   Photo info: Nikon D-810; 200-4  00 f/4 VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at 22  0 mm; f/  32;   1/1  00 sec.; ISO 20  0.

Photo info: Nikon D-810; 200-400 f/4 VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at 220 mm; f/32; 1/100 sec.; ISO 200.

There is agreement that the legend includes Queen Anne tatting lace and pricking her finger; one drop of her royal blood fell and spoiled the lace. The lace-like flower of the Wild Carrot plant sometimes has a red or purple spot in its center, and the plant began being called Queen Anne’s Lace in England.

   Photo info: Nikon D-810; 200-4  00 f/4 VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at 20  0 mm; f/  18;   1/6  0 sec.; ISO 20  0.

Photo info: Nikon D-810; 200-400 f/4 VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at 200 mm; f/18; 1/60 sec.; ISO 200.

However, there is disagreement as to which of two Queens said “Ouch!” – the first Stuart Queen Anne (1574-1619), who was married to King James of Scotland, or the last of the Stuart Queens, Anne (1665-1714), the daughter of William and Mary.

(Brooklin, Maine)

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