Each year at this time as you wind yourself through the back roads and woods of Southern Indiana, a beautiful wildflower has been treating us to a wonderful display of color and form. Growing mainly right along roadsides and ditches, this flower with its beautiful color is one of my favorites and one of the last flowers of the year that will grace us with its presence.
The Wild Chicory is a woody stemmed deep rooted plant with the most amazing Blue color that you will find outdoors in a natural setting, it is covered with many blooms but each one only lasts a day before a new one takes its place. Another interesting thing about this flower is that it likes sunny places but by mid afternoon, at least from my observations, the blooms seem to close up,which is usually when I like to shoot. And being close to roads there always seemed to be a wind problem with this particular wildflower, but I got lucky with these as they were tucked back into a clearing.
Chicory is also widely used as a coffee substitute. When World War II disrupted shipping most U.S. coffee was produced from chicory. It also is used in herbal remedies as a blood cleansing agent that is supposed to be good for your liver.
Regardless of its use, this amazing wildflower does one thing for sure; it brings a beautiful blue color to a dull late summer road and a great subject to photograph, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!