Friday, March 20, 2015

Got my first wild flower shot this morning.
Growing along the path outside the wall. Looked and had a suspicion it was Shepherd's Purse. Confirmed later with the help of Octopus.

Got a good series using the ring flash control unit. Best buy I have made for a long time. Managed to get some 4x life-size of the seed head and flowers by using a 2 times tele-extender and a 10 dioptre close-up lens on the Tamron 90mm macro lens. The tiny flowers are only about 3 mm in size and when seen as macro pix are hard to take shots of the interior. Also a couple of  shots of the panicle from above and the side view.
Culpeper says of this plant :--
Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-capsoris AKA Casewort, Shepherd’s Scrip, Shepherd’s Pounce, Pickpurse, Toywort, and Whoreman’s Permacity,
Time.] They flower all the Summer long; nay some of them are so fruitful, that they flower twice a year.

Government and virtues.] It is under the dominion of Saturn, and of a cold, dry, and binding nature, like to him. It helps all fluxes of blood, either caused by inward or outward wounds; as also flux of the belly, and bloody flux, spitting blood, and bloody urine, stops the terms in women; being bound to the wrists of the hands, and the soles of the feet, it helps the yellow jaundice. The herb being made into a poultice, helps inflammations and St. Anthony's fire. The juice being dropped into the ears, heals the pains, noise, and mutterings thereof. A good ointment may be made of it for all wounds, especially wounds in the head.

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