“First Coltsfoot of the Season”

“First Coltsfoot of the Season”

“When you know that something’s going to happen, you’ll start trying to see signs of its approach in just about everything. Always try to remember that most of the things that happen in this world aren’t signs. They happen because they happen, and their only real significance lies in normal cause and effect. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you start trying to pry the meaning out of every gust of wind or rain squall. I’m not denying that there might actually be a few signs that you won’t want to miss. Knowing the difference is the tricky part.”
― David Eddings

I was not planning a second post for today, but decided to share an important plant for me. The Coltsfoot, is always the first native plant to bloom in my area. It’s blossoms signal the beginning of many natural cycles. Once I see them, I can begin looking for other emerging plants like wild leeks (ramps), blue cohosh, and spring beauties. They also signal, and I’m not sure how this works, other than probably something to do with ambient temperatures, the beginning of the annual rainbow trout spawn.

So, when I saw the first little splash of yellow (yes, yellow has returned), and knowing these are not dandelions, though they are often mistaken for them, I grabbed my camera gear and hit the trails around Duffins Creek to see how the trout were doing.

Though they were not numerous and the water was still a bit murky from the runoff, I did see a few dark shapes beneath the water. The spawn is on! I’m looking forward to watching this spectacle once more, and hopefully, making some nice images to share here over the next few weeks.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/640sec, f/10.0, ISO 800

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5 Comments on ““First Coltsfoot of the Season”

  1. Is this the Duffins Creek that runs along Seaton Trail off of Whitevale?

    I’ve heard the Seaton is a bit of a mess right now because a new sub-development is being built along its edge. Sadly these wonderful wild spaces are being encroached upon.

    I didn’t know the name of those small yellow flowers. Thanks for giving them a name. Yesterday we saw an abundance of them along the Caledon Trail. It’s nice to see splashes of colour again!

    • Yes, this is the north branch of the Seaton Trail. It was a bit muddy and soon will be overrun with fishermen seeking the rainbow trout which spawn here. My least favourite time to visit as many are disrespectful pigs, who leave litter on the shores, start camp fires by cutting limbs off the tree. I’m on this trail system year round and will be happy to return to the normal calm. The Seaton trail is also quite busy on weekends and I prefer solitary times on less used trails.

      • I NEVER go anywhere near the Seaton on the weekend or a holiday. Ugh – nature should be enjoyed in quiet. Too many people on their phones or in large noisy gaggles.

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