#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 29/Apr/22

Weeds we call them and condemn

But in spring before more flowers form

Our friends the bees emerge hungry

And find these golden blooms

Ever a source of sustenance

To keep them flying until

Those cultivated blooms appear

So, maybe avoid the death spray

Until later in the season?

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Much of humanity lives among natural wonders, though many millions also dwell in ugly, overcrowded, unsanitary slum cities, of course. Some people ignore and others actively dislike natural beauty, even working to destroy the only world we can inhabit.
These daily posts are to encourage joy in nature, respect for the natural world, in hope of inspiring love of a planet that’s a marvel of unlikely coincidences.
We may be alone in the universe as a living species with sentience. But we may never know. Vast distances in time and space mean we’re unlikely to meet, or even effectively connect with, other sentient lifeforms.
So, we must live as if we’re the only life form conscious of existence and able to modify our environment. We can benefit all life forms, or act entirely selfishly in the mistaken and self-destructive belief we’re apart from nature. History, science, and common sense show us daily how intricately we’re part of nature. Is it wise to ignore this simple fact?
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11 thoughts on “#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 29/Apr/22

    1. Ah, the golden buttercups. They grow everywhere, too. Love to see them on the roadside verges, and I allow them to populate the slope at the end of my garden, as they keep other, less attractive, weeds away!

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    1. They grow wild here so easily, Lynette, I doubt anyone would ‘cultivate’ them. Foragers collect them as salad ingredients, and wine makers also use the flowers, as they do those of the Elder. I think the leaves have a slight diarrhetic quality, but that may be a rumour!

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      1. They are cultivated to meet food safety standards as in some areas (at home) they are sold at markets. I would say that because of their strong taste, they occupy a specific niche on the culinary spectrum. Cheers.

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    1. Thank you, Guylene. This is a meadow with wild dandelions among the grass. Rapeseed is planted here in the UK as a crop for animal feed and the oil, but it presents in a different way, with the flowers on tall stems and completely taking over the entire field.

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  1. Oh I love this, thank you Stuart. I wish more people would not be so quick to get out all the toxic sprayed the moment spring arrives. Yet in our neighborhood is full of people who do just that. Lovely photograph and beautiful message. You and Valerie have a blessed weekend. ❤️🤗

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    1. Thank you, Joni. There are those who love and understand nature, and those who consider it wild, untidy, and unsightly and only want to tame it, parkify everywhere. I know which side we’re both on!

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