Project Athena - Day 74 (Flowers)

Golden Rod

The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
— Helen Hunt Jackson

This goldenrod, a shooting star with its brilliant yellow flowers radiating from its center on fingers-like branches, stood out on the trail today like a meteor shooting across the sky. So I paid attention.

When I got home, I looked up the medicinal properties of this amazing plant. Here are just a few things it can help with: reducing inflammation, diabetes, gout, high blood pressure and asthma.

Goldenrod flowers also hold many symbols – from caution to encouragement, luck to good fortune. I am receiving this particular blossom as a gift from Spirit with a message of good fortune as I venture forth in new and risky ventures. Ah-ho.


Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/14 • 1/15s • ISO 200