Friday, 31 March 2017

Bright Yellow

Still enjoying a rather mild spell of weather, we set out for a walk to Osborne's Pond this morning, taking in Shipley Hill on the way back. Along the track-sides, the familiar green of the Dog's Mercury is flourishing in the mild and damp.
Whilst dotted here and there among the greenery, the bright yellow, feathery flowers of the Colt's Foot is adding a little sunshine to the countryside.
Further on as we approached Osborne's Pond, a few patches of Lesser Celandines were making their presence felt too.
A member of the Buttercup family, these harbingers of spring have been a great favourite over the years not least with some of the romantic poets. William Wordsworth being the perhaps the most well known to have penned a poem to this little beauty of which, this is only the first verse...

The Lesser Celandine

There is a Flower, the Lesser Celandine,
That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain;
And, the first moment that the sun may shine,
Bright as the sun himself, 'tis out again!
Bright as the sun indeed!
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