One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron

Daffodils blooming at the end of March 2014

Daffodils blooming at the end of March 2014

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Saffron may also be described as “pollen yellow.”  Saffron, the spice, comes from the stamens of a particular cultivar of Crocus.

One of the most expensive of all of the spices, it has been cultivated and treasured for many centuries.  Such a rich warm color!

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Crocus in bloom, with their "saffron" stamens covered in golden pollen.  This photo from February 16, 2014

Crocus in bloom, with their “saffron” stamens covered in golden pollen. This photo from February 16, 2014

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How nice it would be if I were posting more photos of our own early saffron yellow Crocuses today, but that will have to wait.  Ours are resting under 6 inches of fresh snow.

The yard is beautiful, but there will be no ‘saffron’ photos taken in the garden today!  This winter has been so long and cold that no part of me want to show you photos of the snow.  I’ll stick with photos of flowers, if you don’t mind.

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Our front border last March 22.  We had a cold, late spring last year.  I wonder when we'll see these appear again?

Our front border last March 22. We had a cold, late spring last year. I wonder when we’ll see these appear again?

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I’ve looked back into the photo files from last spring to find a bit of golden yellow saffron for Jenny’s challenge today.  Have you ever noticed that the very first flowers each spring are usually golden yellow?  Yellow Crocus, Forsythia, Witch Hazel, Dandelions, and Daffodils usher in each spring.

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I hope you enjoy them, and know that this year’s saffron yellow flowers will emerge from the thawing ground any time now.

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Our yellow crocuses are currently under the snow.  This photo of them was taken March 2, 2014.

Our yellow crocuses are currently under the snow. This photo of them was taken March 2, 2014.

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One Word Photo Challenge:  Saffron

See more photos of Saffron here.

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014 

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Forsythia

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