July 2, 2015
A great quote by Dr. Seuss:
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
I’m a photographer. I notice beauty.
I admit to noticing lush green lawns, but I don’t see beauty.
I admit to noticing weedless gardens full of perfectly formed blooms, without a pest or gardener in sight, but I don’t see beauty.
It looks like death to me.
Pesticides and herbicides are killing our little creatures.
Frogs are disappearing at alarming rates.
Very few bees are buzzing in our blooms.
I spend time in the blooms searching for photographs; I’m here to tell you our blooms are quiet.
Way too quiet.
Did you know some plants require bees for fertilization?
Milkweed pollen is sticky, it requires the leg of an insect for fertilization.
No bees means no milkweed.
No milkweed means no king.
What can be done?
It’s simple. . .
grow some weeds,
STOP using pesticides and herbicides in your lawns and gardens,
If organic is too expensive for you, learn about your weeds, and then?
The milkweed stalk,
and even fluff is edible.
The fluff is so coveted by some they actually can it for use in the winter.
Do not eat without proper preparation. Milkweed contains a toxin and must be boiled several times before eaten.