Design*Sponge had a post on Queen Anne's Lace not too long ago, which reminded me that I keep meaning to pull over to the side of the road and gather some to take home. It's all over the place around here right now, especially since so many of the roads on which I drive are bordered by fields, too. I recently inherited some small crackle glass vases, and I thought Queen Anne's Lace would look beautiful in them.
So today, on the way home from the market, I stopped to get some, hurriedly pulling up the tall white wildflowers, because all the kids were in the car on the side of the road, too. (I'd pulled into a small cross road, so they weren't on the side of the main road, but still.) Once home, I unpacked the groceries, arranged the flowers, admired them, and photographed them on the deck, which has better light and less clutter than the dining room table.
Newcomb's, and I'm pretty sure the other white wildflower is Yarrow. I cheated a bit--I wasn't having luck keying out the plant, so I went to the page that had Queen Anne's Lace on it, and sure enough, there was Yarrow--common on fields and roadsides, says Newcomb's. No kidding! In case you're interested in this sort of thing, Queen Anne's Lace has flowers arranged in umbels (like it sounds, it sort of looks like an upside-down umbrella), while Yarrow's flowers are arranged in corymbs.
If only we were having as much luck keying out our jellies! We see two species of jellies when we go netting in the salt pond behind the barrier beach. One is a comb jelly, and I can attest that it doesn't sting, since my daughter decided she didn't need a net and scooped one up with her hands. (That link talks about different species than we have in our bay, which is farther north than Chesapeake Bay, but I couldn't find a similar online guide for the species of Narragansett Bay. We have a great book, though.) The other is a glob of gelatinous goo that doesn't hold its shape at all. We think it's a kind of jellyfish, but we can't find it in our book. But maybe, like the comb jelly, it's not a jellyfish at all and we're looking in the wrong section.