Playing field with buttercups and daisies beneath the trees

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 53

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There are many wild flowers bursting into life right now but yesterday I was captivated by the most common of all that have been flowering since early March. As I entered the large playing field in the village, from a viewpoint in the shade of some trees, I could see a virtual carpet of buttercups and daisies, What struck me was the way that all the daises had their heads turned away from me. The buttercups were similarly orientated in a single direction. I was aware that daisies close up at night but I hadn’t noticed before that the flowers rotate to follow the sun during the day, the same way that the bigger sunflowers do. Buttercups likewise. The contrast between the bright midday sun and the cool shadows cast by the trees made it difficult to capture the intensity of the moment.

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