Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot

The very first sighting of wildflowers of the Spring 2021 for me is this beautiful grouping of coltsfoot (should that be coltsfeet?). I have been keeping my eyes peeled looking for these since a reader from Ontario (Jim, you know who you are) alerted me to them a couple of weeks ago when he posted a photo of one. I spotted a grouping along the side of the road when driving by a few days ago and had to go back to take this photo. It is a very busy road, but as these were (and still are) the only ones I have seen, I had no choice but to take my life in my hands and cross the road, dodging cars as I went and to crawl into the wet and muddy ditch to get this for you all. (A bit of poetic license has been used there but I felt a bit of drama was called for.) Below in the post you get a behind the scenes look of me photographing them in the ditch, thanks to Steven who was with me. This is, I confess, the first time I have ever noticed these Coltsfoot flowers – also members of the Aster family. That’s an example of how this project has opened my eyes to new flora in our area. So happy WWAD for all Flower a Day viewers! I hope you have a day filled with wonderful discoveries.

Ellie photographing flowers
Ellie photographing flowers
Caught photographing
Caught photographing

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6 Responses

  1. Oh yes, I recognizes these little drops of sunshine. They pepper the side of our trails in and around the town I live in. They are among the first bits of colour to emerge each year. Such a welcome sight…but really not worth risking one’s life for. Please be careful in acquiring the flower of the day. These should be available closer to home in safer locales. Thanks for this WWAD, Ellie.

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    1. They are indeed little bursts of sunshine, you are right.
      I risk all kinds of dangers when it comes to bringing you a flower a day goes, but please do not worry, I stop short of risking my life! Ha ha! Thanks for you concern. The hwy 358 is at least not the 401! Thanks again Janet.

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  2. You found a nice bunch of them Ellie. I haven’t seen any with the mauve background though. Must be unique Nova Scotia vegetation.

    I don’t see any mud on your knees or shoes, but neither, thank goodness, do I see any blood/bruises from being hit by traffic.

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    1. I was thrilled when I spotted them (thanks to your original share), Jim, thanks. The background is enhanced by the processing that I use consistently in this project, I suspect. I am a very careful walker and road crosser! Hence the fact that I am still alive.It was a wet ditch, but fortunately I did find a few dryer spots to get to where I was going.
      Thanks again! (I’m glad your mails are coming through now.)

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  3. Thanks Ellie they are so bright and cheery it’s lovely to see them in such a large group but I only have two Growing in my backyard. It would have been fun to take that dangerous track with you to get them. Hope you have a great day thanks for the lovely photos.

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    1. Oh yes! That hwy 358 is so dangerous. But seriously, it was so busy we couldn’t work out why!
      Thanks a lot, Linda. 2 is more than we have and your photo was lovely.

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