I have been familiar with orange Jewelweed (touch me not) all of my life. I have spent my time gleefully popping the seeds. But I never knew until I read a couple of blogs a while ago, that there were yellow jewelweeds. I found myself wishing that I could see some, but doubting that I would because, they don't seem to exist around here.
Today, I went with another volunteer to a farm very near the track, to photograph some lovely horses for the Trainer's Listings. As we pulled into the driveway, we saw great stands of this:
Yup, yellow Jewelweed, the very flower I didn't think that I would ever see. Isn't it funny that, so soon after I became aware that they existed, I found some? I wonder why? Just luck? Or had I actually seen them before, and just not paid any attention to them, not even noticing that they were there? I would guess that it is the latter. I wonder how many things we don't see, every day when we pass them by? I wonder what we are missing?