Photographed 7 July 2014, near Hanna, Alberta.
Even though canola fields in bloom are a common sight on the Prairies at this time of year, there’s no way I could ever grow tired of those brilliant swaths of yellow. I once had a summer job at the museum in Fort St. John, British Columbia, where I learned to work the till in the gift shop. With our location on the Alaska Highway, we were a popular spot for tourists to drop in for maps and other information, and I remember that the postcard I sold the most copies of featured a canola field under a stormy grey sky. “What are those beautiful yellow flowers?” was the third most popular question, behind “Do bears eat people?” and “Where is the washroom?” 🙂
Is canola or rapeseed a common agricultural crop where you live?
So enjoyable to come across these summer scenes! 🙂
That is beautiful. I don’t think I would tire of that sight either. Nope, none of that growing around here. When wild mustard is in bloom, there are areas that are covered in bright yellow – along the road side or in some fields. Such a beautiful sight.
Definitely a spectacular colour – so nice to see!
It is a common sight here, too, but I don’t believe I have seen it featured on a postcard. Love the questions, with that particular Canadian word, washroom, for what we would see labelled as toilets or public restrooms.
I think your terms are more appropriate, seeing as our public “washrooms” or “bathrooms” rarely contain a tub or shower – but it seems these are most often the words used here. Occasionally someone asks for the “restroom,” though. It’s interesting how we all use language, isn’t it?
It certainly is interesting.
Rapeseed is very common in Britain, but I never associated it with Canola before. Learn something new every day!
It does have an interesting history, that’s for sure!
nice image! so summery. 🙂
Thanks – I love that amazing vivid colour!
That’s an amazing scene–so dramatic! There are a few scenes that grab me every year, too, even though they never really change–autumn foliage, snow geese gathering, the yellow green of willow trees when spring finally comes. I’d love to see these canola fields someday!
I agree – there are some things you anticipate and appreciate every year! The canola fields are definitely a sight to see – I hope you’ll one day get a chance to experience it! 🙂
I just read another blog that includes a quilt depicting a stylized canola field!! It’s the 3rd picture down. http://snarkyquilter.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/occasional-wednesday-salon-3/
Oh, that’s beautiful work – thanks so much for sharing the link!
That is beautiful. I have never seen it growing in my area. I do use canola oil for cooking that comes from the canola plant. I love to see beautiful yellow blooms among green…so very pretty. Hugs
The yellow and green is indeed a wonderful combination!
Canola oil is widely used for cooking here…so easy to obtain with all these crops growing around us!
Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂
That is a lovely scene, I really like the clouds in the sky.
They really attracted me as well!
We call it oilseed rape, and I love the sight of it too. I have flown over miles and miles of yellow fields in spring before and never tire of seeing it! Lovely photo!
It must be amazing to see from the air!
What a gorgeous photo!!
I loved the combination of sky and flower – there was a thunderstorm brewing and a heat haze and it seemed just right.
Yes, here rapeseed is very widely grown. In April/May the fields scream out at you with their vivid yellow colour. But it is not universally liked. It may be attractive to look at en masse, but it is responsible for many people suffering from allergies. Mr. Chef is one who suffers because of it and I myself, can detect the signs, before catching sight of it. My nose is tingling just at the thought!
Oh no, that’s horrible to be allergic to it…especially as it’s such a commonly-grown crop. I guess the only positive note is that the flowers don’t last very long. Allergies to pollen and fragrance can be quite debilitating.
Beautiful, Sheryl. This photo is so soothing to me. I have never seen this here where I live. xx Amy
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Every summer, I am so happy to see the fields in bloom – they are amazing! 🙂
I love the bright yellow flowers against the the blue skies that are dotted with white puffy clouds, Beautiful reminder of home, thanks!
I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Definitely one of the best parts of summer in Alberta.
On our drive to work, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (USA), occasionally we will come around a bend or hill & see a field that his just turned yellow with canola. Such color amoung all the green hay and corn fields.
Wonderful to see those yellow and green patchwork fields while out driving!
Enjoy your weekend!
great photo!! Both in Canada and in The Netherlands we lived amongst the canola fields and I always loved it! Such a vast sea of yellow and somehow a time marker in summer too. Here in Ohio I have not seen it ,so an extra thank you for this lovley image. xoxoxo from Ohio.
I love the idea of the blooming canola as a time marker – that’s so true! I didn’t know it was grown in The Netherlands as well – it is an agricultural crop in more countries than I originally thought.
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! 🙂
No canola here, almost all corn and soybeans – which is not nearly so photogenic. I only know canola as a cooking oil made from the seed (like sunflower oil) – is it used for anything else?
The oil is also used in cosmetics and it is found in some newspaper inks (I know the ink in the papers we get here are made with it)…also as biodiesel.
Beautiful picture, so soothing. I love canola fields and wheat, the color of the canola is great, but there’s something soothing to me about a field of wheat swaying in the breeze.
I agree – the movement of wheat in a breeze is an absolutely beautiful sight! 🙂
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Fields of canola is not something we usually see so this was so pretty.