Thursday, September 18, 2008

a different white flower

This particular Alpine flower caught my attention at some 2,300 m /7,500 ft last July. I hadn't seen it before, it was extremely soft, furry, firm and snow white. Is it a flower?? I haven't been successful at finding out its name, but maybe after this post I will !! It was windy when I took these shots.



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I remembered these pictures while looking through my archives inspired by Carmy's Thematic Photographic project. The current theme is nature, check it out! Here is an older post of mine for the theme.

Update: it's called cotton grass! I am wiser thanks to Quilldancer and the first comment for this post: Cottongrass or Cottonsedge, formally: Eriophorum. (You can thank OC for that.) From me: Jan Brett wrote a children's book that begins, "Hello, my name is Treva and I have had trouble with trolls." And ends with three trolls on the top of an alpine ridge turning into tufts of cottongrass when caught by the rising sun. Isn't that simply beautiful??

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  1. Cottongrass or Cottonsedge, formally: Eriophorum. (You can thank OC for that.) From me: Jan Brett wrote a children's book that begins, "Hello, my name is Treva and I have had trouble with trolls." And ends with three trolls on the top of an alpine ridge turning into tufts of cottongrass when caught by the rising sun.

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  2. Don't believe I've ever seen this...closest thing would be thistle that's gone to seed. Glad Q came up with its name...

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  3. I think I have seen these fluffy things in the Italian mountains and thought it looks a bit like the cotton flower. But I don't know what it is. I am very bad when it comes to botanic !
    I will check with Carmi, the theme seems interesting ! thanks for the link !

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  4. Oh, lovely. I've seen them before, but can't remember the name either. Cotton flower does seem correct, though.

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  5. Looks like a Muppet mated with cotton. Strange!

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  6. Those flowers look like fun for kids and misery for gardeners. ;)

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  7. Those are beautiful flowers. Makes me want to run my hands over them.

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  8. I thought $8 for ice cream was a lot too and told DD so. I expected my change back!!! Some of the other girls had gotten larger ice creams, and I didn't really care if she got a big one, but she got what she normally gets (the kids' cone) and gave me all my change. I guess the teacher didn't want to have to bail any kid out.

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  9. I love Jan Brett's books, but I don't believe I ever read that one. Her artwork is stunning. She goes to the country about which she is going to write and does research. When I retired from teaching, I got rid of a lot of books, but not hers, I saved them for my grandchild (who was not even thought of yet.)

    A very neat photo for nature.

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  10. Wow...it's like a dandelion...but not...

    Cool flower...nice photo

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  11. Those are really cool looking!!

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  12. 1) You got to be in the Alps, 2) you got a photo of trolls.

    I need to come back here more often

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