“Little yellow flower
Like a dandelion shrunk
Yet she’s not its kin at all
She blooms there without leaves
Shows her face in early spring
Shines brightly like the sun
In my childhood, she was dear
Quite precious to be true
She it was who truly said
That spring had just arrived
I picked bouquets in my small hands
And brought them home to mom
Even now, quite old and grown
Coltsfoot is still quite dear
In early springtime it’s of her
That I try to catch a glimpse”
Coltsfoot is a pleasant little flower that I look forward to each spring. It’s the first to bloom and many people mistake them for dandelions. When the coltsfoot blooms, spring is just around the corner.
I found the beautiful poem above while looking for a quote suitable for this photo, which I touched up to look like a painting, Something I am quite fond of doing with some of my photos simply because I like the painterly look in some cases.
That a poem about coltsfoot exists is quite delightful and I’m surprised more is not written about it, as it was and is considered a key medicinal plant for treating lung aliments. To the point where the coltsfoot symbol was used to designate a pharmacy not too many years ago. The latin name Tussilago farfara is derived from latin tussis, meaning cough, and ago, meaning to cast or to act on.
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 135 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6 ISO 200