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loiteke

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This is my best work. I dedicate it to my daughter Kairi, the most beautiful and the best girl I have ever known.










Red Deadnettle, Purple Deadnettle, or Purple Archangel (Lamium purpureum) is a herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia.I got this picture in Estonia Loksa, in my sisters garden of summerhouse. It grows to 5–20 cm (rarely 30 cm) in height. The leaves have fine hairs, are green at the bottom and shade to purplish at the top; they are 2–4 cm long and broad, with a 1–2 cm petiole (leaf stalk), and wavy to serrated margins. The zygomorphic flowers are bright red-purple, with a top hood-like petal, two lower lip petal lobes and minute fang-like lobes between.They may be produced throughout the year, including mild weather in winter. This allows bees to gather its nectar for food when few other nectar sources are available. It is also a prominent source of pollen for bees in March/April (in UK), when bees need the pollen as protein to build up their nest.

It is often found alongside Henbit Deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule), which is easily mistaken for it since they both have similar looking leaves and similar bright purple flowers; they can be distinguished by the stalked leaves of Red Deadnettle on the flower stem, compared to the unstalked leaves of Henbit Deadnettle.

Though superficially similar to a nettle in appearance, it is not related and does not sting, hence the name “deadnettle”.

Outside of its native range, it is a common weed of cultivated areas; it is listed as an invasive species in some parts of North America.

Young plants have edible tops and leaves, good in salads or in stirfry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces, but there is little to recommend about its flavour.

Undyed, the pollen itself is a red colour.

One life I desired

One life I desire
Desired I am from childhood
When sky over me hated
And forecasted storms mood

Fire flamed somewhere
Foamed under the surface
It glowed inwardly
But nevertheless fade out

Then came windgust
Took me with himself
So soaked the ash
New fame ignited then

One recent fire inside me
It blinks, the blaze
Just right now in front
A photo is taken in my sister’s yard 2009 summer time.

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