Resilience (Common Mullein) by rocamiadesign

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111 views on 9/27/11. SOLD a photographic print of this on 10/14/11.

9/1/11 – Featured in the DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Group.
9/2/11 – Featured in the THIS IS RELEVANT Group.
9/2/11 – Featured in the DISABILITY AND BEAUTY Group.
9/4/11 – Featured in the GREAT PLAINS OF NORTH AMERICA Group.
9/5/11 – Featured in the RURAL AROUND THE GLOBE Group.
9/10/11 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
9/22/11 – Featured in the NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE Group.
9/22/11 – Featured in the TODAY I AM THANKFUL FOR Group.
9/22/11 – Featured in the WILDFLOWERS OF NORTH AMERICA Group.
10/29/11 – Featured in the SNAPTACULAR Group.
10/16/12 – Featured in the SERENITY Group.

Thank you to Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters for identifying these wildflowers for me!

I am so thankful that nature is able to recover quickly from any kind of natural or man made disaster! Seeing the charred and broken landscape, after the Robert Fire, broke my heart, especially since this is one of our favorite places to camp in the summer.

These Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) are extremely resilient and prolific, filling the void that was created by the Robert Fire when it swept through the Great Northern Flats and jumped the river into Glacier National Park (Montana, USA) in 2005. I’m having trouble looking them up to identify them, because the blossoms had already dropped off when I took this photo. The few petals that remain are yellow, and the flowers cluster together up the stalk, like lupines.

I’m entering this in the Habitats and Landscapes – Shadows challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge group.

Photo taken August 13, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.

Verbascum thapsus (Great or Common Mullein) is a species of mullein native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia, and introduced in the Americas and Australia.

It is a hairy biennial plant that can grow to 2 m or more tall. Its small yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which bolts from a large rosette of leaves. It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank. It is a common weedy plant that spreads by prolifically producing seeds, but rarely becomes aggressively invasive, since its seed require open ground to germinate. It is a very minor problem for most agricultural crops, since it is not a very competitive species, being intolerant of shade from other plants and unable to survive tilling. It also hosts many insects, some of which can be harmful to other plants. Although individuals are easy to remove by hand, populations are difficult to eliminate permanently.

It is widely used for herbal remedies with emollient and astringent properties. It is especially recommended for coughs and related problems, but also used in topical applications against a variety of skin problems. The plant was also used to make dyes and torches.

In the United States it was imported very early in the 18th[ century and cultivated for its medicinal and piscicide property. By 1818, it had begun spreading so much that Amos Eaton thought it was a native plant. In 1839 it was already reported in Michigan and in 1876, in California. It is now found commonly in all the states. In Canada, it is most common in the Maritime Provinces as well as southern Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, with scattered populations in between.

Great Mullein most frequently grows as a colonist of bare and disturbed soil, usually on sandy or chalky ones. It grows best in dry, sandy or gravelly soils, although it can grow in a variety of habitats, including banksides, meadows, roadsides, forest clearings and pastures. This ability to grow in a wide range of habitats has been linked to strong phenotype variation rather than adaptation capacities.
[from the wikipedia article]


  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    These remind me of our Mullien plants…or maybe Butter and Eggs? Not sure……the lines in this image just fascinates me…great shot

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    Nope…not Butter and Eggs….but still thinking a possible Mullein?

  • I’ll check for pictures and a description of Mullein. It’s something I never heard of before. Thank you for the possible identification and for your kind comment above!

    – rocamiadesign

  • I think you’re right, especially since the Common Mullein is found on prairies.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Mother Nature’s recovery powers are amazing !

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice work

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonover 3 years ago

  • Awesome! Thank you so much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Thank you so much for this feature!

    – rocamiadesign

  • pdophoto
    pdophotoover 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, wonderful work!

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

    What beautiful light!!

  • Thank you, Kay!

    – rocamiadesign

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture and use of the natural light. Well done!

  • Thank you, Scott!

    – rocamiadesign

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    fabulous image my friend, and thanks to you and Carla, I also know now what these plants are.. they are all over the place in our area also.. love the light you have captured coming through here,, great shot, peace and love linmarie

  • Thank you very much, Linmarie! I was amazed to see these plants all over the place during our recent trip to Central Montana. The only other plant that was more prolific was sagebrush. These must be very hardy to survive in such vastly different habitats.

    – rocamiadesign

  • RichImage
    RichImageover 3 years ago


    This really speaks to nature’s ability to take care of itself. Excellent capture..

  • Thank you so much for this honor!

    – rocamiadesign

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