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Weeds Collection

"Weeds: A Tapestry of Nature's Resilience and Beauty" In the midst of a world filled with chaos, there is solace in finding beauty even among the weeds

Background imageWeeds Collection: Jesus as Light of World

Jesus as Light of World
Jesus of Nazareth, religious leader of Jewish origin who preached Christianity, depicted here as The Light of the World, knocking at the door of the human soul

Background imageWeeds Collection: Oxford ragwort ( Senecio squalidus) - a widespread naturalised weed

Oxford ragwort ( Senecio squalidus) - a widespread naturalised weed
ROG-12415 Oxford ragwort - a widespread naturalised weed Senecio squalidus Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageWeeds Collection: GWR Weedkilling Train with sprays on, 1938

GWR Weedkilling Train with sprays on, 1938
To operate smooth running services the GWR needed to keep their tracks and tracksides free of unwanted weeds and foliage. The GWRs weedkilling trains usually consisted of an engine and three tenders

Background imageWeeds Collection: Wild Poppies

Wild Poppies
USH-1294 Common Poppies Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWeeds Collection: Red Poppies in April Faringdon Oxon UK

Red Poppies in April Faringdon Oxon UK
RES-372 Common Poppies - in field, April Faringdon Oxon UK Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground George Reszeter Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageWeeds Collection: Sun on Dartmoor Devon horizon illuminates rolling landscape of fields

Sun on Dartmoor Devon horizon illuminates rolling landscape of fields and woodland with foreground rich crop of poppies
HAR-87 Sun illuminates rolling landscape of fields and woodland with foreground of rich crop of poppies (arable weed) amid ripening barley, backlit. Organic farming. Dartmoor, Devon horizon

Background imageWeeds Collection: Wild Poppies

Wild Poppies
USH-15 Common POPPIES - close up of cluster in field Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWeeds Collection: Weedkilling Train Tender for Cardiff Docks

Weedkilling Train Tender for Cardiff Docks
This image shows a GWR Loriot fitted with weedkiller tank and cab. To operate smooth running services the GWR needed to keep their tracks and tracksides free of unwanted weeds and foliage

Background imageWeeds Collection: GWR Weedkilling Train Tenders, W85, W84 and W83

GWR Weedkilling Train Tenders, W85, W84 and W83
To operate smooth running services the GWR needed to keep their tracks and tracksides free of unwanted weeds and foliage. The GWRs weedkilling trains usually consisted of an engine and three tenders

Background imageWeeds Collection: GWR Weedkilling Train Tenders W83, W84 and W85

GWR Weedkilling Train Tenders W83, W84 and W85
To operate smooth running services the GWR needed to keep their tracks and tracksides free of unwanted weeds and foliage. The GWRs weedkilling trains usually consisted of an engine and three tenders

Background imageWeeds Collection: GWR Weed Killing Train, 1938

GWR Weed Killing Train, 1938
To operate smooth running services the GWR needed to keep their tracks and tracksides free of unwanted weeds and foliage. The GWRs weedkilling trains usually consisted of an engine and three tenders

Background imageWeeds Collection: Dugong AU 1736 Dugong dugon © D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook / ARDEA LONDON

Dugong AU 1736 Dugong dugon © D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook / ARDEA LONDON
AU-1736 Dugong - side on, underwater Dugong dugon Distribution: East Africa; West, South and South East Asia; Pacific Islands and Australia

Background imageWeeds Collection: Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing the weed dance

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair performing the weed dance, a spectacular part of their elaborate courtship ritual, Derbyshire, UK, March

Background imageWeeds Collection: Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Cornflower, Corncockle, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile, flowering

Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Cornflower, Corncockle, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile, flowering, mixed arable weeds, England

Background imageWeeds Collection: Farming CK 3548 Conservation Headlands, Norfolk, UK. © Chris Knights / ardea. com

Farming CK 3548 Conservation Headlands, Norfolk, UK. © Chris Knights / ardea. com
CK-3548 FARMING - Conservation Headlands, Norfolk, UK. Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground

Background imageWeeds Collection: Blackberry bramble shrub in autumn

Blackberry bramble shrub in autumn
ME-1227 Blackberry bramble shrub in autumn Rubus fruticosus Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageWeeds Collection: Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed
ME-677 Giant Hogweed Heracieum mantegazzianum Hogweed is a phototoxic plant. Its clear watery sap sensitizes skin to ultraviolet radiation

Background imageWeeds Collection: The Rowing Boat, c. 1889-1890 (oil on canvas)

The Rowing Boat, c. 1889-1890 (oil on canvas)
MMT82316 The Rowing Boat, c.1889-1890 (oil on canvas) by Monet, Claude (1840-1926); 146x133 cm; Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageWeeds Collection: Brown Trout (Salmo trutta fario) adult, swimming beside waterweed in river, River Witham

Brown Trout (Salmo trutta fario) adult, swimming beside waterweed in river, River Witham, Lincolnshire, England, July

Background imageWeeds Collection: Country Flowers and Butterflies

Country Flowers and Butterflies
Many varieties of wild flowers with a Cabbage White and Tortoiseshell butterflies. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageWeeds Collection: Thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana. Common weed, widely used for genetic research

Thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana. Common weed, widely used for genetic research
ROG-12311 Thale cress Common weed, widely used for genetic research. Arabidopsis thaliana Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWeeds Collection: Mixed crops. Common POPPIES - Wind-blurred in flowering linseed

Mixed crops. Common POPPIES - Wind-blurred in flowering linseed
HAR-3 Mixed crops. Common POPPIES - Wind-blurred in flowering linseed UK Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground Anthony Harrison Please note that prints are personal

Background imageWeeds Collection: Poppy & Borage in old garden

Poppy & Borage in old garden
ROG-10343 Common POPPY - and Borage in old garden Papaver rhoeas Arable weed, found in fields and on disturbed ground Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageWeeds Collection: Gas holders DP263004

Gas holders DP263004
Eastbourne Gas Holder Station, Finmere Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex. General view looking south towards the gasholders, with overgrown foliage between Horsey Sewer

Background imageWeeds Collection: Cows and a sheep. Plate 8: A grazing sheep, 1664. Creator: Marcus de Bye

Cows and a sheep. Plate 8: A grazing sheep, 1664. Creator: Marcus de Bye
Cows and a sheep. Plate 8: A grazing sheep, 1664

Background imageWeeds Collection: St Philip. Plate 8. From: Christ and the Apostles, c.1545. Creator: Lambert Suavius

St Philip. Plate 8. From: Christ and the Apostles, c.1545. Creator: Lambert Suavius
St Philip. Plate 8. From: Christ and the Apostles, c.1545. St Philip is depicted, like all the others in the series, full-length. Although elderly, he has impressive musculature

Background imageWeeds Collection: A Dutch woman weeding the street

A Dutch woman weeding the street
5616582 A Dutch woman weeding the street; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a Dutch woman weeding the street. Dated 19th Century. 01/01/1883); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageWeeds Collection: Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in a ripe barley field. Perthshire

Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in a ripe barley field. Perthshire, Scotland, July

Background imageWeeds Collection: Demolition site with Palladian villa in the background, c.1820. Creator: Prosper Barbot

Demolition site with Palladian villa in the background, c.1820. Creator: Prosper Barbot
Demolition site with Palladian villa in the background, c.1820

Background imageWeeds Collection: Shipyard, 1850. Creator: Willem Antonie van Deventer

Shipyard, 1850. Creator: Willem Antonie van Deventer
Shipyard, 1850

Background imageWeeds Collection: Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, c1899. Creator: William H. Jackson

Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, c1899. Creator: William H. Jackson
Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, c1899

Background imageWeeds Collection: View of the old Temple of Athena (Minerva) on the island of Syracuse, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros

View of the old Temple of Athena (Minerva) on the island of Syracuse, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros
View of the old Temple of Athena (Minerva) on the island of Syracuse, 1778. Drawing from the album Voyage to Italy, Sicily and Malta

Background imageWeeds Collection: Frog by a Dandelion with Flies, c.1877-c.1938. Creator: Joan van Noort

Frog by a Dandelion with Flies, c.1877-c.1938. Creator: Joan van Noort
Frog by a Dandelion with Flies, c.1877-c.1938

Background imageWeeds Collection: Thorn apple, 1771-1816. Creator: Hendrik Schwegman

Thorn apple, 1771-1816. Creator: Hendrik Schwegman
Thorn apple, 1771-1816. Stramonium fructu spinoso rotunde, florew violaceo duplici vet triplici'. Datura stramonium, poisonous flowering plant, has been used as a hallucinogen to cause intense

Background imageWeeds Collection: The devil sows weeds between the grain, 1643. Creator: Anon

The devil sows weeds between the grain, 1643. Creator: Anon
The devil sows weeds between the grain, 1643. While the farmers sleep, the devil sows weeds between the grain

Background imageWeeds Collection: The Temple of Athena in Paestum;Formerly known as the Ceres Temple in Paestum, 1838

The Temple of Athena in Paestum;Formerly known as the Ceres Temple in Paestum, 1838. Creator: Constantin Hansen
The Temple of Athena in Paestum;Formerly known as the Ceres Temple in Paestum, 1838

Background imageWeeds Collection: Kahn, Otto H. Mr. estate, 1928 Creator: Arnold Genthe

Kahn, Otto H. Mr. estate, 1928 Creator: Arnold Genthe
Kahn, Otto H. Mr. estate, 1928

Background imageWeeds Collection: Breese, James, Mr. residence and garden, 1933 Creator: Arnold Genthe

Breese, James, Mr. residence and garden, 1933 Creator: Arnold Genthe
Breese, James, Mr. residence and garden, 1933

Background imageWeeds Collection: The New Water-Weed (Ancharis Alsinastrum), 1854. Creator: Unknown

The New Water-Weed (Ancharis Alsinastrum), 1854. Creator: Unknown
The New Water-Weed (Ancharis Alsinastrum), 1854. A remarkable plant has recently made its appearance in the rivers Ouse and Cam; and already abounds to such a degree as not only to impede navigation

Background imageWeeds Collection: The Overgrowth of Weeds, No. 15 from the series 'Genji in Fifty-four Sheets (Genji... ', c. 1735)

The Overgrowth of Weeds, No. 15 from the series "Genji in Fifty-four Sheets (Genji... ", c. 1735)
The Overgrowth of Weeds, No. 15 from the series "Genji in Fifty-four Sheets (Genji gojuyonmai no uchi)", c. 1735

Background imageWeeds Collection: Burrowing Owls Love

Burrowing Owls Love
Mating Burrowing Owls. The burrowing owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America

Background imageWeeds Collection: Malcolm McDonald at Charlton Athletics football ground, The Valley

Malcolm McDonald at Charlton Athletics football ground, The Valley, in a state of disrepair, 2nd June 1987

Background imageWeeds Collection: The disused Rowley Railway Station near Consett, County Durham on 28th March 1968 which

The disused Rowley Railway Station near Consett, County Durham on 28th March 1968 which was dismantled brick by brick and rebuilt at Beamish Ope Air Museum

Background imageWeeds Collection: Botanical illustration, c1880s. Creator: Vincent Brooks Day & Son

Botanical illustration, c1880s. Creator: Vincent Brooks Day & Son
Botanical illustration, c1880s. Plants, flowers and fungi found in Britain. Cellular cryptograms: 1. Fungus, 2. Seaweed, 3. Moss. Vascular Cryptograms: 4. Horse-tail, 5. Club-moss, 6. Fern, 7

Background imageWeeds Collection: Horse (Equus caballus) grazing on thistles, UK

Horse (Equus caballus) grazing on thistles, UK

Background imageWeeds Collection: Common poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and Corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum) growing in a Wheat field

Common poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and Corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segetum) growing in a Wheat field, UK

Background imageWeeds Collection: Wildflower meadow with Corn Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Wildflower meadow with Corn Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Corn marigold (Glebionis segetum), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) and Poppies (Papaver rhoeas), Somerset, England, UK

Background imageWeeds Collection: Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in wildflower meadow surrounded by Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in wildflower meadow surrounded by Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Somerset, England, UK



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"Weeds: A Tapestry of Nature's Resilience and Beauty" In the midst of a world filled with chaos, there is solace in finding beauty even among the weeds. Just as Jesus proclaimed himself as the Light of the World, these resilient plants emerge from forgotten corners, illuminating our surroundings with their tenacity. Back in 1938, the GWR Weedkilling Train embarked on its mission to eradicate unwanted growth. With sprays on board, it traversed through landscapes like Faringdon Oxon UK and Cardiff Docks, leaving behind trails of progress amidst nature's wild canvas. Amongst these widespread naturalized weeds was Oxford ragwort (Senecio squalidus), an unexpected visitor that found its place within our ecosystem. Its vibrant presence reminds us that even what we perceive as invasive can hold significance in this intricate tapestry we call life. Wild poppies dance gracefully across fields and woodlands, their fiery red petals contrasting against ripening barley under Dartmoor Devon's sunlit horizon. As if backlit by vivid rays, they symbolize resilience and hope amid adversity. The GWR Weedkilling Train Tenders - W85, W84, and W83 - stand as silent guardians against encroaching unwanted flora. These mechanical warriors fought battles unseen by many but played a crucial role in maintaining order within our cultivated spaces. Corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas), cornflower, corncockle, corn marigold, and corn chamomile intertwine harmoniously amidst arable lands. Their flowering forms a colorful mosaic celebrating diversity while reminding us that beauty thrives even where it may be least expected. As we contemplate these scenes painted by nature itself – from Jesus' light guiding us through darkness to weed-killing trains forging paths towards progress – let us not forget that beneath every seemingly insignificant plant lies a story waiting to be discovered.