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Spotted Touch-Me-Not

Spotted Touch-Me-Not
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-19
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/5 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 20:35
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I haven't had much free time lately so I've been taking my camera to work with me and trying to get some shots during my lunch time. Today I took this photo of a Touch-Me-Not which was growing along the Tuscarawas River.

The undergrowth along the river is very thick and I've noticed lately that I've been getting a lot of burrs sticking to my cloths as I take these little treks during my half hour lunch break.

Many of the plants are starting to come to the end of their growing period and going to seed. The Green-Headed Coneflowers which are quite abundant have almost completely lost their bright yellow petals and are now forming seed pods.

There are still a few of these tiny Touch-Me-Not flowers, but I'm sure their blooming time will be coming to an end shortly, as winter approaches.

Spotted Touch-me-not
"Jewelweed", another name, refers to the small, spotted blossoms which hang by threadlike stems, like pendant jewels. If broken, the succulent stems exude a copious juice. The small, tubular, oval seedpods, when fully ripe, split open and pop their seeds at a touch. In late summer these rather delicate plants come into bloom in wet shady places. Pale Touch-me-not has larger yellow flowers with shorter spurs.

Information from: Peterson First Guide (Wildflowers)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-19 22:00]

Hi Ron,

I have never seen nor heard of a Touch-me-not before. Thank you for the introduction. It is so pretty and complex looking. Beautiful colors and excellent details. I love seeing the bud next to the opened flower. A very well composed picture.


Hi Ron,

An excellent close-up, super sharp and detailed. This Impatiens is a common plant here, and we have the yellow-flowered species too, but it's less common. I've seen a hybrid that's a sort of orange-yellow color too. It's in the same genus as the garden-variety Impatiens.

If I know I've touched Poison Ivy while in the woods, I'll look for a patch of this plant and if they're abundant, I'll crush a plant and use the juice from it to clean the area where I contacted the Poison Ivy, seems to work well to prevent the rash. It also helps clear up a Poison Ivy rash when it does develop.


Hello Ron. Super sharp details of the flower. I like the clarity and colorful image in good perspective. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Ron,
Interesting note.A well balanced image of this "touch me not", it shape seems very similar to the orchids.Soft exposure has created the striking reds and yellows well contrasting against the BG.

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