Monday, September 08, 2008

Sweet And Sauer

Size This Up, If You Can

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON



Last week, while I was in Dawson City at the invitation of Yukon Tourism, I dropped my luggage off at the Dawson City B&B on Craig Street, but I headed straight out again to take some shots of the unique Gold Rush city in the mellow late-evening sun.

As I left the B&B, I took note of the many varied blooms in the immaculately maintained garden and this one caught my eye because of its sheer size. I had to shoot it immediately and when I saw the owner later, I asked if it was a flowering cabbage.

Yes, she said, it was the bloom of sauerkraut - which I've never seen before. Then I figured the best way to give you an idea of perspective was to shoot it from a different angle, including a couple of petunias in the same frame (see below) so you could judge just how huge the lilac flowers are.


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40 comments:

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Amazing! Both the lilacs and the photographs are amazing.

CrazyCath said...

Oh my that is HUGE! I had no idea that cabbages flowered so beautifully...

Katney said...

Yes, cabbage can bloom really large--we grow them that way here in the Northweat--and you were about as NORTHwest as you could get. (Er, when I say we grow them that way here in the NW, I mean people do--can't take any personal credit for it.)

womaninawindow said...

That's one beautiful cabbage! Did you know you can make cabbage into Kimchi and that there are about three thousand different kinds of Kimchi? I was so LUCKY to get to watch a two hour documentary on how to prepare cabbage to make Kimchi while in flight to Korea. Now that was a one very informative film. (Yawn.)

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful cabbage flower.Beautiful food.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi David
I had no idea what this was at all.... you have a fantastic eye for a shot... but more than that it is the interest and the slightly out of the box subjects that you are a true mastr at showing... great post David.

BTW... sorry I was late doing the SWF link for you this week... I was late back myself.
Tom

Dulce said...

I didn't know cabbages can bloom!!!! Always learning ... :-)

Kerslyn said...

wow! that's definitely HUGEEEE!!!! I love its colors. also, my first time to see those kind. thanks for sharing.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Although I've seen flowering cabbage before, this is a particularly beautiful specimen. Who would ever have thought that the same sort of plant could become plain old cabbage *and* something like this.

Dar's Foto Faze said...

Beautiful flower!

Sherry said...

Wow, that's really beautiful!

leslie said...

Hi David! Yes, as Katney says, we grow 'em BIG here in the North West - although she's in the USA and I'm north of her in Canada, as you know! But I digress...I was out at one of my regular haunts today taking shots of bulrushes. Will post them some day soon so you can see how I did. Am trying to get different perspectives.

Marcos Santos said...

Beautiful flower ... and enormous.

Great photo

People with Cameras said...

Ooohhh!!! That's fantastic! I love it.

dot said...

That is absolutely the prettiest flowering cabbage I've ever seen!

Sandra Ree said...

Nice shot David!

San said...

Such a beautiful baby you found in the cabbage patch.

alicesg said...

This is so beautiful. I saw these beautiful cabbage flowers at Fulerton Hotel too.

MamaGeek said...

THAT IS AWESOME! I especially adore the texture of it in the shot.

Norm said...

love the color very beautiful..

Lee said...

Exquisite color, David! Thank you for giving me an experience with flora that I'd been lacking today. Amazing to think that the white stuff we call sauerkraut is so beautiful when alive.

Cheers

Hammer said...

I've never seen an ornamental cabbage quite so exquisite.

Maggie May said...

Yes, we have them too & after you have finished admiring it, you can eat it!

Carletta said...

Hi David,
This is a beautiful example of what is known as ornamental cabbage. Technically it is edible but can get extremely bitter and when cooked the lovely leaves turn a dull gray.
I used to grow them in my flowerbed.
Beautiful photo!

jmb said...

Your commenter before has beaten me to it. These ornamental cabbages are not uncommon on this side of the world but that is an especially fine example.

Aggie said...

Wow ... aren't they lovely!

Merisi said...

Wonderful image, great colours!

May I note that Sauerkraut does not bloom? It is the cabbage plant that blooms, but not anymore after it has been shredded, salted and fermented into Sauerkraut. ;-)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That is beautiful. Unfortunately, the flowers I planted earlier in the summer had started to wilt and are struggling to keep up with the awful weather we are having. It is a delight to see this picture.

CJ xx

fishing guy said...

David: Very nicely done this week with the cabbage. It does flower beautifully and has a great color.

CrazyCath said...

I have looked up the flowers meme too and entered - BUT - it is on a new site I have started up so please come over if you have time and check it out! Thanks.

Cátia said...

great post!wonderful!nice colors

Kathryn said...

Wow! That is gorgeous! I have never seen one that big. It almost makes me want to eat cabbage. Blech. Okay, maybe not. But it sure is pretty!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

l love these ornamental? cabbages and keep promising myself l'll buy one..great shot David.

Daryl said...

Ornamental cabbages they're called here ... but do they qualify as a flower? Do they have seeds or pods? Tomato is not a veggie but a fruit .. so what is an ornamental or Sauerkraut cabbage?

Eh?

:-Daryl

Maria said...

Lovely! Great shots!
Thanks and have a nice weekend!

joan said...

Oh so pretty and very big.

piedmontperspective said...

I love sauerkraut even more now that I know it has such beautiful blooms! Outstanding shots, David.

Hilary said...

Beautiful! Many of the homes around here have flowering cabbages in their gardens, but none look as healthy and colourful as this one. Lovely. And its size.. it beats the slaw of averages. ;)

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

David

Thanks for your presence here in TODAY'S FLOWERS.
Fantastic flower, a different kind!
Marvelous!
Stunnig post!!
Hope to see you every Sunday!

Santilli

Blue said...

How funny we both chose vegitable flowers.
I've seen ornimental cabbages before but never so huge.