I don’t know if Queen Anne’s Lace was growing in greater abundance this year or if I was just more interested, but it was everywhere I seemed to look. Riding my bike past long stretches of it along the roadway I began to appreciate this interesting plant for its wild beauty and form. I knew right away it would make a great painting with its fern-like foliage, hairy-looking buds, and its delicate umbrella of tiny white flowers. It is said Queen Anne’s Lace is named after the Queen of England, who was an expert lace maker. The story says that she pricked her finger and a drop of blood fell to the lace, leaving the dark purple floret found in the flower’s center. Many may say this plant is a weed, but I think it is an enduring beauty deserving of the title The Queen.