1. rq says

    Heather! Yes?
    A plant with deep romantic meaning for us seaside folk (well, supposedly -- it’s all about how prettily the heather blooms beneath the shadow of the pines on the white sand dune, etc., etc.).
    Lovely shots.

  2. rq says

    Heather is actually quite lovely in that it keeps its colour even when thoroughly dried (still have a sprig from the summer on my windshield), so for quite extended periods well into autumn and early winter weather, you can catch spots of pink brightness around (if there is little or no snow).

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    The vivid colour of the flowers and the fine crystals of ice are exquisite.

    In Finnish, heather is kanerva. It’s more common as a surname, but it’s also a woman’s given name (and a beautiful one, IMO, even if some of the male politicians with surname Kanerva aren’t my favourite guys).

  4. rq says

    In Latvian it’s “virši”, which can be a surname and is also the name of one of the local fuel distributors (so we have gas stations going by that name). It’s one of those collective nouns like pants or scissors, pretty much doesn’t occur in the singular.

  5. Trip Space-Parasite says

    If heather flowers keep their color well, it seems like they should make good dye, but I wasn’t able to find much about it through Google.

  6. says

    Trip Space-Parasite, that’s not a good indicator of a plant based dye. Unless properly done, most plants will only yield a brown dye, if anything at all.

  7. Trip Space-Parasite says

    Caine, thanks. I knew most plants don’t make useful dyes, but figured a colorful molecule that lasted inside the plant would be shiny outside it as well. Apparently neither botany nor chemistry work the way I expect! Oh the tragedy! Oh the cruel betrayal!

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