This particular patch is one of my favorite. Each spring, those driving north through Algoma,WI on highway 42 will find this plentiful display of yellow daffodils on the right side of the road, just before you descend the hill on the south side of town. My thanks and compliments to the homeowner who provide these well-cared-for beauties.
The daffodil is of the Narcissus genus – predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Those in the Narcissus classification are easy to identify by their flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. According to Wikipedia, historical accounts suggest narcissi have been cultivated from the earliest times, but became increasingly popular in Europe after the 16th century and by the late 19th century were an important commercial crop centered primarily on the Netherlands. Today narcissi are popular as cut flowers and as ornamental plants in private and public gardens.
Like other members of their family, narcissi produce a number of different alkaloids, which provide some protection for the plant, but may be poisonous if accidentally ingested. This property has been exploited for medicinal use in traditional healing and has resulted in the production of galantamine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. Long celebrated in art and literature, narcissi are associated with a number of themes in different cultures, ranging from death to good fortune, and as symbols of spring. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales and the symbol of cancer charities in many countries.
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Normally I’m eagerly waiting for an opportunity to capture a few of these lovely flowers in our area of northeast Wisconsin. These, however, were captured a couple of weeks before the bloom in our neighborhood.
On a recent trip to southern California we visited the higher elevations around San Bernardino where they still had small patches of snow and were experiencing their own spring arrival. I snapped this pair blooming near Big Bear Lake.
The setting was mostly shaded, but in the early morning, some sunlight sneaks through. The sun, coming from behind the flower gives this daffodil a glowing quality.
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I was out taking photos of one of my favorite lighthouses and spotted some daffodils on the drive home. I stopped and took photos of the normal yellow variety and then thought to drive around Kewaunee, WI to see if I could find more.
This is one from a home that had an impressive display, featuring many varieties. I spent quite a bit of time snapping daffodils.
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Is there any flower so bright and perky as the Daffodil? One of the first to bloom…and whither in spring.
My good friend, Tood Lohenry, recently asked me why he couldn’t find any daffodils within my photo galleries. That was a good question. Last Saturday, I spotted some nice daffodils on someone’s lawn in Algoma, WI and snapped a few – photographically speaking.
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