White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas is a wonderful example of biodiversity in the midst of urban sprawl. The objective of this blog is to promote White Rock Lake as a destination, to capture the essence and beauty of the lake, and to portray it as the living, breathing organism that it is.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Show the Dandelions Some Respect
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The next time you walk around White Rock Lake, look down. You'll be amazed at how much beauty escapes us as we go
about our business.
Have you ever stopped to admire the
beauty and perfection of the white spherical seed head of the dandelion (it means
lion’s tooth in Old French, in case you were wondering)? Most children love to blow away the seeds from the
head, and make a wish. They are sometimes referred to as “wish flowers” in
parts of the country.
This image was captured near Sunset
The spherical seed head of a dandelion.
Obviously, the seed head did not start
that way. It started out as a beautiful, bright yellow flower. Actually, each
flower head is composed of thousands of small ray flowers.
The dandelion image below was captured
about two feet away from the seed head referred to above. In the image, you can see a bee. A dandelion is the bee’s best friend. Most of the plants important to bees
are wildflowers, and of these, the most valuable early spring wildflower is the
dandelion. Bees love the dandelion because the pollen is nutritious and they
have a lot of nectar. It gives the
bees a huge boost and adds to the health and well-being of the hive at a
critical time of the year.
The dandelion flower head is composed of thousands of small yellow ray flowers.
Did you know that the dandelion flowers, the leaves, and the tap root are all edible? It is one of the safest and most popular herbal remedies, and is good for a number of different maladies, illnesses and diseases, including hepatitis and diabetes.
The milky, white sap that comes from
the leaf removes warts and moles, is good for pimples and sores, and soothes
blisters and bee stings.
So next time you see a dandelion as
you walk around White Rock Lake, show it some respect. You never know when you may