Our fields of gold

Suddenly, as April began to warm up and the rains started to slow down, the Greater Daglan Area began to be carpeted in fields of gold. Well, okay, the colour is actually yellow, but gold sounds better.

At the moment, two plants have taken a leading role in these displays. One is the humble dandelion, which sprouts up in all kinds of fields that aren’t being actively farmed. Here’s one such field, just beside the road that runs between our village of Daglan and the village of St. Cybranet, just to our north:

They may be weeds, but they’re pretty.

A much more commercial crop is the canola, or rapeseed plant, from which an excellent cooking oil is extracted. (In French, it’s huile de colza.) Here’s a large field of it, on the north side of the Dordogne River, across from Castelnaud:

Where cooking oil comes from.

Of course the real gold star of the GDA plant world is the sunflower. Later on, in the summer months, you’ll see sunflower fields all over the area. As a sort of coming-attraction feature, here’s a look at a huge field of sunflowers that I photographed a few summers ago, south of Bergerac:

If it’s sunflowers you want …

It’s just an impression I have, but I think crops of sunflowers are much more numerous now than they were a few years ago, while fields of tobacco are much more rare. Probably a good thing.

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