I had an entirely different post ready for this challenge but then I came across a of field of red clover and everything changed. I wasn’t certain what this flower/weed was so I posted this picture in my photo group on facebook and asked the experts.
Indeed red clover was the unanimous consensus. We then went on to learn about the uses and purpose of this plant. We can deduce from our education that the farmer of this plot of land planted this clover in order to return vital nutrients to the ground. Whether he will harvest the clover,till it into the soil, or let animal graze here, remains to be seen.
One of my dear photog friends and a very talented artist Diane Artz Furlong had coincidentally just painted a picture of the same field I had photographed. Click on her link to see the painting and more of Diane’s work. She’s pretty awesome.
Here is my rendition:
In the mean time we learned that red clover is good as an abundance of natural remedies. Promoting good heart health, as a treatment for cancer, menopause, bronchitis, and skin disorders. Typically the clover is brewed as tea but I don’t care for hot tea. I am looking for a way to get all these amazing benefits from this plant in another form. If we can make dandelion wine, red clover wine can’t be far off.
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