Monday, 15 June 2015

The Beauty of the Commonplace

Buttercups, a yellow flower seen everywhere in the UK. It probably grows in your garden as a weed.

But have you ever stopped to look at buttercups and appreciate how beautiful they are?

They shine in the sun

and at this time of the year they create wonderful yellow meadows



They look beautiful in combination with other flowers, such as speedwells



or with red campion

All these photos of buttercups are from Colinton Dell by the Water of Leith. Some I took today, others over the past two weeks.

Similarly cow parsley is a very common plant in the UK and often overlooked, but look how beautiful it is here in the dappled light under the trees by the side of London Road, a busy road coming into the centre of Edinburgh.


 Just because it's common doesn't mean it's not beautiful!

For the Wildlife Trust's 30DaysWild Challenge




12 comments:

shoreacres said...

We do have buttercups, just like this! And they are beautiful. I've seen them all my life, but didn't know until a couple of years ago that they were -- well, buttercups. Lovely photos!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images, the buttercups look beautiful. Happy Monday, have a great week ahead!

Ian Doyle said...

Nice post. I agree with you, Buttercups are lovely little flowers and I certainly never tire of seeing yellow meadows.

TexWisGirl said...

we have them here and i love them. :)

Donna said...

One of the few flowers from my childhood I cannot get enough of....such a special little flower!

sage said...

Very beautiful!

Rabbits' Guy said...

OK - they ARE pretty and big fields of them are very striking!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Lovely images, so enjoyable!

Magyar said...

We look beyond, that common natural grace that is.
__I think, in our assumptions of common Nature, we actually make that common rare until reality dawns; then we see. _m

Lynn said...

They are all so beautiful. The cow parsley reminds me of a wildflower that we call Queen Anne's Lace, here in the US. I wonder if they are cousins?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Lynn, yes cow parsley and Queen Anne's Lace are closely related, they may in fact even be different names for the same plant.

Martin Hodges said...

Lovely shots, Juliet.