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Heavenly Blue. True or Water Forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides or palustris, Kropswolderbuitenpolder, Hoogezand-Sappemeer, The Netherlands

We're very lucky in the city of Groningen to be able to bike out from the centre of town for perhaps 10 minutes and be in Nature. Just a bit further out to the southeast there's a relatively new wetlands nature reserve of about one square mile. It's just north of the Zuidlaardermeer, basically a widened area of the small river the Hunze. This reserve was converted from a farming polder and it retains the original name: Kropswolderbuitenpolder. It's a wonderful area to watch a large array of waterfowl but it's also a botanist's paradise. And it doubles, too, as a water system to save the City and the farms and villages from the onslaughts of great storms and high waters.

Today was a Marvelously Sunny day with huge Cumulus Clouds. A day not easily forgotten...

Here's Myosotis scorpioides or palustris, Water or True Forget-me-not. The 'scorpioides' sounds a bit scary but it merely refers to the curving arrangement of the blossoming stems. Mysosotis - mouse-ear - might raise an eyebrow or two as well. That name refers to the shape of Forget-me-not's leaves. But I'd just as soon hold to the lovely name 'True Forget-me-not' for this Blue Delight of my eyes today!

Ah! Yes... you can distinguish this Forget-me-not from the Wood Forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica, by looking at the hairs on its stem. Those of Water Forget-me-not are pressed tightly to the stem, as you can just see in this photo.

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Taken on August 16, 2012