The Beauty of Scotch Broom

By: danitacahill

May 06 2012

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Category: bokeh, Color, Depth of Field, Floral, Nature Photography, Spring


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This is Scotch broom in a bi-colored form.

Scotch broom is a noxious weed in Oregon. It is non-native and spreads quickly. Many people are allergic to its pollen.

As a kid growing up on the Oregon Coast, my neighbor-friend’s dad promised to pay her and I  a dime for every Scotch broom we dug out of their field and sandlot. My friend and I did some minor digging and tugging. I don’t remember how many Scotch broom plants we dug, probably only 10 or 20, although it seemed like hundreds. My friend’s dad never paid us. Not one thin dime.

Now, as an adult, I can see beauty in the lowly Scotch bloom. And maybe, just maybe, because Melinda’s dad never paid us for digging those plants, I’ve taken the Scotch bloom’s side. That’s right, I’ve moved over to the dark side!

I took this shot last weekend during a writers’ retreat at the beach. I’ll be sharing photographs over the next several days that I took during that weekend getaway.

Stay tuned for sand, sea and more flowers.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


5 comments on “The Beauty of Scotch Broom”

  1. Amazing how something so noxious can be so beautiful. There is a bright purple weed in Ontario brought over from Europe called Loosestrife. It is so pretty but takes over marshes and changes the ecosystem of that place, choking out other life. There must be a lesson there, but it is pretty. 🙂

  2. Barbara wrote on my Facebook link: “This is a particularly beautiful variety of Scotch broom. It doesn’t hurt to record and admire its beauty even as we acknowledge the harm it does.”

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