Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 08/13/2013


Photo taken on August 12, 2013


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Tarweed Bud Glistening Droplets of Resin

Tarweed Bud Glistening Droplets of Resin
1 more picture above--and to see more pictures of Tarweed blossoms, click on the inset picture and roll your mouse over the inset pictures! :)

This bud will open up into the magnificent yellow flowers I shared a few days ago, but I wanted to show you why this flower is called "tarweed". Those droplets are very beautiful but they are are very sticky and this resin rubs off onto anything that it comes in contact with. The entire plant is covered with resin droplets and it's impossible to avoid getting goo all over your clothing if you should walk past a plant. Livestock in fields full of tarweed will accumulate so much resin that it builds up into a dark brown tar-like coating that does not wash off with water! You must use a solvent like "Goo Gone" or a citrus-based solvent to get it off! Horrible stuff to remove! So when tarweed begins growing, I won't let the dogs out into the meadow anymore. On top of being sticky, tarweed STINKS! Sometimes it smells like fresh lemons, but usually it stinks like rotten citrus, ewwww!!! Still, the flowers are absolutely amazing and I'm happy to put up with its problems!

tigermaus, Richard Nuttall, Christina Sonnenschein, Keith Burton and 17 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
This is BEAUTIFUL !!!
4 years ago.
Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart
Superbe !
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Such fine detail...amazing capture, Janet!
4 years ago.
Loco's Photos
Loco's Photos
What fabulous detail, Janet! As beautiful as those flowers are, I sometimes wonder if the buds like this are just as lovely. Especially as brilliantly as you capture them!
4 years ago.
Kigelia58
Kigelia58
Very nice photo....interesting resin....before reading I assumed it was water droplets! It must also repel insect pests for the plant....
4 years ago.
Jeanne
Jeanne
jolie macro
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding shot.
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Belle!!!
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
It's a real cutie:)) Wonderful macro!!:)
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Well, it looks beautiful despite its other properties.
4 years ago.
Costas Kaounas
Costas Kaounas
great color!!
4 years ago.
alasam
alasam
Wonderful macro and great details.
4 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
First rate!
4 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
I was wondering how such a lovely flower got such an awful name..............all is now explained!! The drops of resin look so delicate and quite beautiful :)
4 years ago.
Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
Wonderfully good shot
4 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
An amazing close-up portrait of this plant, one I've never heard of.
3 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
I'm back! Forgive me if I leave a couple of ninja comments here and there, but believe me when I say I do look, read and absorb. Love the tan background in this shot!
3 years ago.