I can be a bit of a frustrating trail partner for those who wish to get to the other end of the trail in the most efficient way possible. I like to take my time and examine every little patch of ground along the way. I want to experience life in detail. If I had simply been rushing from point A to point B I might have overlooked the small unassuming cluster of flowers. I have seen two types of them. Blue ones or white ones it doesn’t matter, they’re all called Bluets or Quaker Ladies. They are not always found in small clusters like in the feature image. They can actually form large colonies. The guide books list them as having uses in folk medicine but I’m neither a doctor or a certified herbalist as well as never tried using them that way. Therefore, I can’t really cover those aspects. But what I can cover is the wonderful feeling that I get when I spot them in early Spring. As we transition into Summer I can look forward to seeing them up into July.
Bluets seem to prefer the shade and that might make them useful for brightening some of the edges of my yard. This colony was on federal land so I’ll continue to enjoy them on my trips to the lake. But, there is some growing up on the mountain behind my house that can be transplanted. It should be as simple as dividing them like any other garden plant that has the same growth habits.
After a few minutes of admiration I raised my lens and took a few shots to preserve the moment and continued down the trail to the water’s edge for a few minutes of peace and quiet contemplation.
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