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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Bunches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 8:43
Viewed: 6327
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Spring has sprung !!!

Just a few weeks ago we still has a blast of WINTER, when we had snow over Easter, this past week we still had frost with white roofs in the morning, but here we are. In favourable spots, such as southern exposure of roadside shoulders we find the socalled "Son-before-father"... one heck of a brave flower, for it may snow yet.

The reason it is called Son-before-father, is that it flowers before any leaves are shown...

Family: Daisy Family (Compositae) Latin name: Tussilago farfara

Common Names: ass's foot, bullsfoot, butterbur, clayweed, cleats, coltsfoot, colt-herb, coughwort, donnhove, dovedock, dummyweed, fieldhove, foalfoot, foalswort, ginger, ginger root, hallfoot, hoofs, horsefoot, horsehoof, son-before-father, sowfoot.

Origin and Distribution: Coltsfoot is a native of northern Europe and Asia that was brought to North America by early settlers. Coltsfoot is adapted to poor soils and will grow on almost any unattended or denuded area including roadsides, pastures, open forests, stream banks, drainage ditches, and strip-mining cuts. The species prefers wet, clay soils and grows well in cool climates. Although it tolerates full sun, it grows best in part shade.

More on this webpage ...

Facts and Folklore:
*** Scottish Highlanders used the hairy tufts from the seeds as mattress stuffing.

*** The genus name 'Tussilago' is derived from the Latin word "tussis" meaning 'cough' for which the plant is supposed to provide a cure.

*** It once served a number of medicinal uses. Leaves and roots were dried, ground, or boiled and used to make teas, candies, and tobaccos. However, recent studies in Japan found that coltsfoot flowers cause tumors in rats.

PS The common name Coltsfoot becomes apparent when the blossoms are gone, and only the leaves are shown. The flowers are often mistaken for dandelions. I trust that my shot here - of the Son-before-father in its common habitat - clearly shows it to be the daisy {aster} family.

Anything unusual???

jhm, Silvio2006, jeanpaul, lovenature, Adanac, bobair, clnaef, nainnain, anniejo, saeedabbasi, Alex99, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To hester: Interesting plantShoot_Score 1 04-26 18:12
To pablominto: Lots of optimistic yellow!Shoot_Score 1 04-25 12:19
To lovenature: "Atlantic Crocus"...Shoot_Score 1 04-24 23:27
To Silvio2006: with splendid light and colors,Shoot_Score 1 04-24 18:05
To ellis49: this flower with the many names.Shoot_Score 1 04-24 14:06
To jhm: I've little bit difficult with the note, ...Shoot_Score 1 04-24 14:05
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Hi Jay,
a nice picture of this flower with the many names.
Lovey colours and nice POV. This is a real sign on spring.
In these days they blooming everywhere.
In the old days they where used against cough.
Well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-04-24 13:28]
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Hello Jay,

The yellow colour of the flowers make this picture nice, I've little bit difficult with the note, perhaps understand these not completely. Sorry Jaak. TFS.


Hi Jay, lovely spring composition with splendid light and colors, excellent focus and sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jay
C'est un merveilleux macro et les couleurs de ces fleurs sont très jolies ,les détails et la composition sont supers.J'ai bien hate d'en voir de semblable dans mes rocailles.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Purr Dee
Hi Jay
Mother Nature can be so kind showing us this happy little flower so early in the season. It's interesting to know that the flowers come before any foliage. Excellent detail, lighting and colours. Great note!
TFS Janice

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-24 23:32]

Hello Jay,
Very nice capture my friend, nicely done. Looks like there is a browny between the second and third small buds on the left.

Hi Jay,
yellow is it the colour of your flowers and of the sun thank goodness winter is done and spring has sprung!The focus and details in your photo for today are excellent as are your included notes.Tfs. Bob

Hello Jay,
Lots of optimistic yellow!
But don't be too happy, often have I seen those covered with layers of cold white snow...
Family is well depicted, good details and the sunlight works well!
Pablo -

Voilà un joli bouquet de fleurs pour bien commencer la journée.
Bonne journée.

super ces fleurs qui sont chez nous des fleurs que l'on peut mettre a sécher
belles couleurs
bravo et merci pour tous tes commentaires a mon égard

Hi Jay,
Nice image of this very brave and pretty flowers. The colour is wonderful as is the lighting. I like that you have included some of the buds and it contrast well with the rocky roadside shoulder. Beautiful.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-25 22:18]

Hello Jay

A lovely shot of this early spring wild flower.You have answered a question I have had all week.I have been seeing these but did not know what they were.Knew they weren't dandelions.Well focused with great detail.Glad you posted this.TFS


Beautiful YELLOW!!
My personal favorite SPRING flower!
Very nice focus..........I think I see a light green bug of some sort in amongst the yellow blossoms..........maybe a spider...
maybe not.....
Nicely framed, great composition and very clearly defined buds/blossoms!!

Hi dear Jay ,
very nice image with beautiful colours.
well composed and good light.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-26 14:58]
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Interesting plant and lovely composition. Great spring colours and nicely focused



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-27 10:00]

Hi Jay.
Thank you again for so nice comments and letters. There can be you will write about yourself and Russian period of a life?

I like this perfect done shot and pictured subject. Contrast of the flowers and BG is so impressive. Lights, darks, rich colours and excellent sharpness of the image create a strong esthetic impression and some mood. Bravo and my heart wishes.

Hi Jay,
now here she is.
La primavera! Called "Sowfoot".
Great shot, excellent notes on Tussilago.
What a powerful announcement of spring. And what a lot of funny names. Most of them sound rough, some of them could serve as four letter words. Such is folk's etymology. Always rough to what they love. I like the name "son before father", never heard of that before. Definitely preferring that wisely descriptive expression instead of "sowfoot".
Thank you! Best regards,

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