naked ladies in my backyard
At least, that’s what everyone around here calls them.
They’re really an odd sort of plant. This is not what they look like for most of the year. They’re an annual plant, so in the spring, you see their leaves–long, straight, green spears–start to grow out of the ground in bushy clumps right about the time the ground thaws. They hang around forever, which is to say, a couple of months, and then they die off (or get mowed) when the heat starts to show up. A couple of months later, you get these long, tall stems with beautiful pink blossoms and no leaves whatsoever.
They showed up virtually overnight. The kids’ swings are right behind where I took this, so they pass the area all the time. It’s right in front of where we park the car, so we look this way everyday, and I promise, there was nothing there one day, and the next day they were this tall.
I kind of like having a backyard decorated with naked ladies. And yes, I’m repeating the name to satisfy the very adolescent part of my sense of humor, which I will now place back in solitary confinement and never let out in public again.
At least, not until next year.
ISO 100, 1/320s, f2.8, 50mm