Daily Image - Nov 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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07 Nov 11. Shortly after we began our first tour in the military Jan "discovered" what I believe to be Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fellonum) growing abundantly alongside most of the country roads near where we resided in military quarters. We were quite fortunate to get housing as there were only 6 units available, and I was the most junior officer in the Command, by far. We had a corner unit and it was very nice although not without its challenges, some of them quite humorous now as we look back fondly of that time. The gathering of teasel at times became quite a charade with us trying to find a place to park the car on a road barely large enough for a work horse and wagon as we would scramble into the ditch along the road's edge or scramble up a bank too close to the road's edge. Over the 4 years we were there we collected a lot of the dried stalks and found many ways to use them, including spray painting them and using them for Christmas decorations. We still like the plant but I find I can't look at it without fond memories of what was, in my estimation, our best 4 years in the military. We made many friends during that time and still remain in touch with some, and had some wonderful opportunities visiting parts of our country we had read about as kids in school. The most interesting part was realizing that what we had been taught in school, although far more accurate than that being taught today, was frequently far and away different from what had actually happened. It provided us with a very different perspective of the country's beginnings. And part of that learning was a realization that teasel had been enjoyed my many generations that preceded us. So for today I've made a little creative interpretation of the lovely teasel.  ISO 500; 1/60 sec @ f /36 on a tripod with fill flash. 105mm Macro

07 Nov 11. Shortly after we began our first tour in the military Jan "discovered" what I believe to be Wild Teasel (Dipsacus fellonum) growing abundantly alongside most of the country roads near where we resided in military quarters. We were quite fortunate to get housing as there were only 6 units available, and I was the most junior officer in the Command, by far. We had a corner unit and it was very nice although not without its challenges, some of them quite humorous now as we look back fondly of that time. The gathering of teasel at times became quite a charade with us trying to find a place to park the car on a road barely large enough for a work horse and wagon as we would scramble into the ditch along the road's edge or scramble up a bank too close to the road's edge. Over the 4 years we were there we collected a lot of the dried stalks and found many ways to use them, including spray painting them and using them for Christmas decorations. We still like the plant but I find I can't look at it without fond memories of what was, in my estimation, our best 4 years in the military. We made many friends during that time and still remain in touch with some, and had some wonderful opportunities visiting parts of our country we had read about as kids in school. The most interesting part was realizing that what we had been taught in school, although far more accurate than that being taught today, was frequently far and away different from what had actually happened. It provided us with a very different perspective of the country's beginnings. And part of that learning was a realization that teasel had been enjoyed my many generations that preceded us. So for today I've made a little creative interpretation of the lovely teasel. ISO 500; 1/60 sec @ f /36 on a tripod with fill flash. 105mm Macro

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