Friday, July 28, 2017

Looks Like Chicory, But Is It?

Okay, so I found this plant by the side of the road. I was taking pictures of wildflowers that day, so I took several of this one. I barely remember getting the pictures, and I'll tell you why that is something that happens to me.

Whenever I go out with the purpose of getting lots of pictures I forget everything else and I just concentrate on getting those pictures. Nothing else. The real purpose of going out is to enjoy nature, but I forget to do that at its fullest when I get locked in on taking nature pictures. And I go too fast. I always do it and I can't help it at all.

So I only remember taking a bunch of pictures. I don't remember what the specific subjects of my pictures were at the time. I only remember taking lots of pictures. There were just so many flowers out there that they all seemed to run together a bit. I need to slow down and think a bit more. But I've been trying for years. I still have lots of fun though anyway.

So I looked at all my pictures when I got home. I remember getting lots of good ones, and I vaguely remember examining this when I took the pictures. When I saw these specific pictures I thought, "Oh good, it's chicory."

But it looks kind of funny. The petals are thinner than any chicory I've seen before. The plant looks like chicory to me in the pictures. And I did examine the plant while I was out there, but I don't remember enough about it. So I'm just not sure.

I did do lots of searching on the internet and in a few plant guides, but I found nothing other than it might be chicory. I know one person who would have an answer for me right away, but she has become a hermit. So maybe I'll never find the answer. Such a shame.

So after telling you of my ignorance of nature once again, I have a confession to make. I only pretend to be so ignorant. If you dig around this blog and Nature Center Magazine for a bit, you'll see that I'm a terrible liar. I pretend to be a beginner because it's more fun that way for me and for you. While I'm not a super expert, you probably won't find many people with as much knowledge of nature and wildlife as I have.

So now you know my terrible secret. I'll deny all of this in my very next post. I'll be back to bumbling my way through an encounter with a skunk or an elm tree or something like that. It's all about having fun with nature. And I really am having a lot of fun. I'll talk to you later.


  1. I would make a lousy naturalist. I have NEVER been curious about the name of a beauty I'm photographing. I just enjoy.

    (not that there is anything wrong with the other)

  2. I have always been chrious about everything I see. The beauty of it but the explanation is important to me. No knowing if that plant is chicory eould be something I would strive to discover.

    I will check out the magazine, Ratty. It looks great!

  3. They are certainly chicory! These are beautiful shots!

  4. My human wouldn't know chicory unless it was brewed in coffee - then she knows! And she likes it there.

  5. Looks like chicory to me. As long as you are having fun that's the important part

  6. You have a weird post today.

    A hermit. A liar.

    But I know all of your secrets.

    Alice always leaks these to me.

    1. We know each other better than anyone else. You're my brother from the other side of the world.

  7. Aha! we have a stealth expert. I've always had a feeling you were pretending about more than your name (guess I still have a little mom radar). Thanks for the link; that looks like an interesting site that I will explore a bit more!

    We saw a wholesale produce truck somewhere on our recent trip that listed Chicory in big letters at the top of the farm stuff they delivered. I had no idea it was that 'hot' -- meant then to read up on it but forgot.... off to do that now. (We were in Idaho or Colorado at the time, not anywhere near Louisiana, where their coffee is all I know to use chicory for.)

    1. You should definitely do a little research. Chicory has so many good uses.