Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lion's Tooth

I made these photos yesterday in the city utility lot across the street. I got this done just minutes before the weed "exterminator" sprayed the area. The blossoms nestled down in the plantain provides an unusual image.
My friend, Chuck, at Secondary Roads posted a neat dandelion story in which he used the little plant as a metaphor for life. Indeed, not only is the bloom short-lived, but an unexpected puff of wind could blow this away!
It is said that "dandelion" comes from the French "diente de leon" for "lion's tooth."

How apt is that? You judge.

Image of lion: predatorconservation.com

ps: I know this is a bit more political than usual, but I have to get to the polls to vote the rascals out. Don't forget to vote.


Secondary Roads said...

Somewhere I read that the pilgrims imported them to the states for food. That probably came from Sharkbytes or from a link on My Quality Day to another blog.

Vee said...

My favorite "flowers" when our kids were little and one of them would pick a bunch and hide it behind his/her back to surprise me. Those days were too soon gone!

Mom used to fix dandelion greens for meals. They had to be young and tender to be good. I always took her word for that.

Bob & Jan said...

And don't forget the dandelion wine!!!

vanilla said...

Chuck-- Very nutritious. Source of vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium.

Vee-- And the kids can pick them without getting into trouble! I like greens: or maybe it's the vinegar I put on them that I like.

Bob & Jan-- Here's the menu: greens for salad, dandelion quiche, dandelion ice cream, washed down with dandelion wine.
Too much yummy food? Dandelion tea for indigestion. (Thanks to Anita Sanchez, author of The Teeth of the Lion - The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion.