Chicory – Cichorium intybus
It’s a wildflower but I think of it as more of a weed. These little blue flowers are quite abundant in southwest Pennsylvania in the summer. They are along almost every road and show up almost overnight in bad lawns (such as my own ;-)) if you wait to long to mow. Weedy as they are, I still find myself photographing at least one every year, and this year was no exception. I took a photo of a couple of these flowers a few weeks ago and figured that was my annual quota. But as I looked at the photos and zoomed in 100% I noticed how cool looking it was up close I wanted to explore the little 1″ flowers a little further.
So a few weeks later I found myself armed with my macro lens and a few plants nearby. I wasn’t out to shoot scientific photos so I shot wide open or close to it and relied on the ever magic bokeh to fill in gaps.