Generations - Through My Grandmother's Eyes


Columbia Falls, United States

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5/3/11 – Featured in the COLLECTIVE COLLAGE Group.

I took this photo last summer while we were camping at Great Northern Flats, across the Flathead River from Glacier National Park (the hills in the background). I got to thinking about how my greatgrandmother may have seen this scene in the early 1880’s, when she traveled through here to Eureka in a Conestoga covered wagon. So, I played around with the photo in Photoshop CS to give it a nostalgic look.

The problem was that I couldn’t decide which version of the photo I preferred to upload. I solved the problem by making a collage, with the original photo on the left and using one of my fractals to make the background wallpaper texture.

The original photo was taken in August, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. I have no idea what kind of flowers these are, other than the fact that they are considered weeds here. Please let me know in a comment, if you can identify them.

[Iris Mackenzie identified these flowers as yarrow. I did an image search and found flowers that look like this with the following information.]

Common Yarrow (Achilea millefolium) belongs to the family Asteraceae. The plants have characteristic flat clusters of small flowers at the top of the stems. Their color can vary. The flowers appear from June to October and are very fragrant.
(quoted from See the accompanying photo)

“Achillea millefolium or yarrow is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. In Spanish-speaking New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo, or “little feather”, for the shape of the leaves. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds. Other common names for this species include common yarrow, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, devil’s nettle, sanguinary, milfoil, soldier’s woundwort, thousand-leaf (as its binomial name affirms), and thousand-seal."

“Common yarrow is an erect herbaceous perennial plant that produces one to several stems (0.2 to 1m tall) and has a rhizomatous growth form. Leaves are evenly distributed along the stem, with the leaves near the middle and bottom of the stem being the largest. The leaves have varying degrees of hairiness (pubescence). The leaves are 5–20 cm long, bipinnate or tripinnate, almost feathery, and arranged spirally on the stems. The leaves are cauline and more or less clasping. The inflorescence has 4 to 9 phyllaries and contains ray and disk flowers which are white to pink. There are generally 3 to 8 ray flowers that are ovate to round. Disk flowers range from 15 to 40. The inflorescence is produced in a flat-topped cluster. Yarrow grows up to 3500m above sea level. The plant commonly flowers from May through June, and is a frequent component in butterfly gardens. Common yarrow is frequently found in the mildly disturbed soil of grasslands and open forests. Active growth occurs in the spring.”

“The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. It contains isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins. The plant also has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’ used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carried it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the common names mentioned below, such as Staunchweed and Soldier’s Woundwort.”

“Yarrow has also been used as a food, and was very popular as a vegetable in the seventeenth century. The younger leaves are said to be a pleasant leaf vegetable when cooked as spinach, or in a soup. Yarrow is sweet with a slight bitter taste. The leaves can also be dried and used as a herb in cooking.”

“Yarrow has seen historical use as a medicine, often because of its astringent effects. Decoctions have been used to treat inflammations, such as hemorrhoids, and headaches. Confusingly, it has been said to both stop bleeding and promote it. Infusions of yarrow, taken either internally or externally, are said to speed recovery from severe bruising. The most medicinally active part of the plant is the flowering tops. They also have a mild stimulant effect, and have been used as a snuff. Today, yarrow is valued mainly for its action in colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, excretory, and urinary systems. In the nineteenth century, yarrow was said to have a greater number of indications than any other herb.”
[from the wikipedia article]

It’s important to know that there are some species of hemlock, a poisonous plant, that resemble yarrow flowers.

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