Spring, the season of growth, is here. Clear sky with scattered clouds has taken over the dull, grey sky of winter. There is an essence of cheeriness all over. Trees and plants turning green with chirping of birds hopping from one branch to the other. There was a drastic difference since I landed here in Aberdeen in January. A couple of weeks ago, we went out exploring the Aberdeenshire county as if to welcome the spring.
As we rolled out of the city leaving behind the concrete jungle, soon the endless green fields embraced us and coincidentally John Denver’s song started on the radio “Country road, take me home”. While we drove on, it was vast green till one can gaze with dotted cattle, sheep and farm houses here & there. A few mountains far behind the fields stood still complimenting the greenery, with a bit of snow perched on top waiting to melt away. All of a sudden, the vastness of green was obscured by a yellow patch in the horizon. It looked as if someone had painted those green plants. While we drove ahead still wondering about the yellow plants, there it was – one more yellow patch, but still for off from the road for us to stop and venture.
The yellow plants eluded us for some more time and after crossing countless number of yellowed plots, we found one right next to the road. Just as we got closer to the plants, we realized that those were yellow flowers, which made the plants look like yellow ones. Though the view of this yellow was pleasant to our eyes, looking at them from close vicinity for longer time made us a little bit uncomfortable due to the contrast of blue sky and the yellow. Being very weak in botany, Google helped me to get to know about these plants. They are Rapeseed oil plants, which we call it commonly as Mustard back in India.
After roaming around the Mustard plants and taking some photos, we were back on the road, singing along the song “Country road, take me home”, adding our own customized lyrics.