As soon as I saw the theme for this week’s challenge, I thought of this day.

Muskoka was gray this summer. Drizzly, cool, gray. It happens sometimes.  Back in August, Mum and I were driving the back roads near Bracebridge. As we rounded a curve around a field, I just about inhaled my teeth at the view. The Goldenrod was out in full force and the entire field was covered in its golden haze.

I love Goldenrod. I miss Goldenrod as it’s cultivated here, but doesn’t grow as I love it. I had stopped the car and pulled out my Lumix before I could take another breath. It was as if the field were trying to remind the sun to shine.

Golden GloryWhen I turned around to go back to the car, I took a closer look at a tiny plot of land on the other side of the road. I can’t name most of the wildflowers in these shots, beyond the Goldenrod and Purple Coneflower; somehow, I don’t care. It was a marvelous profusion of colour, all backed by Goldenrod.

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P1320839For the 15 minutes or so we were there, grey skies were forgotten. The other flowers were beautiful and probably would have earned a photo or two, but it was the Goldenrod, it’s glorious golden yellow, uplifting and brilliant that held us.

For more yellow joy, go to: DP WordPress Photo Challenge – Yellow

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