23 July 2022
The flowers on Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), or wild carrot, are so lacy and common that they resemble snowflakes when seen from above, particularly in black-and-white.
Look carefully and also you’ll see that the tiny flowers contained in the umbel have 5 common elements. Step again to see the sample of 5’s replicating to the sting.
In contrast to winter’s 6-sided snowflakes (under) these summer time “snowflakes” have solely 5.
(pictures by Kate St. John and from Alexey Kljatov by way of Wikimedia Commons)