Spring's first little suns  by steppeland

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Early Spring Collection
Park around the Lake- collection

Flower of Coltsfoot – close-up (Lat. Tussilago farfara , Dutch Klein Hoefblad, Wikipedia )

The bright yellow flowers of Coltsfoot are one of the first spring flowers that appear everywhere along paths, grasslands and fields in Western Europe. Their happy little flowers bring me a spring feeling even when winter hasn’t fully left yet.

(Quotes: Wikipedia)
‘Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt’s foot in cross section, do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers.’

‘It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name “tussilago” itself means “cough suppressant.” The plant has been used historically to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food product.
The discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns.’

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/90 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 100 Focal length 300
Date: March 13, 2011

TAGS : Netherlands, Amsterdam SouthEast, Gaasperplas, nature, plants, flowers, yellow, brown, Coltsfoot, seasons, spring, close_up, macro,

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 4 years ago

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 4 years ago

    Mooi Steppe, vooral tegen die vage donkere achtergond!
    Je ziet ze overal langs de weg, prachtig! En rake titel!
    Groeten en mooi weekend (morgen komt er weer zon….),

  • Dank je wel, Hans! Ja, ze zijn inderdaad overal te zien, heel vroeg in het voorjaar al. – Mijn zus en ikzelf maken er vaak een wedstrijdje van : "Zag jij het eerste klein hoefblad al? – het eerste speenkruid, de eerste dotterbloemen… We hebben een heel lijstje LOL – Klein hoefblad kunnen we al afvinken, de andere nog niet – maar we gaan naar het zuiden vandaag… dus wie weet LOL!
    Ja, laat die zon maar komen!

    – steppeland

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 4 years ago

    Veel plezier en gezelligheid vandaag! Geniet met volle teugen!
    En dank je: nu weet ik gelijk hoe dat zonnetje heet….lol!

  • :D – Dank je wel! Ja… nooit meer vergeten ;) (al is de engelse naam nog mooier, vind ik ;) – en dat ontdekte ik ook pas vandaag…Vrije vertaling: ‘Veulentjeshoefje’ )

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much! :)

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, Ray!

    – steppeland

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago

    This work is LOVELY and a big “Fave…” for me!… :-)

  • Aww, thanks a lot, Qnita! :)

    – steppeland

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