Rapeseed – Brassica napus

If you are driving around Ireland over the bank holiday weekend[s] you may pass a field of gold that looks a bit like this….

The plant in question is the Brassicae napus better know as rapeseed and a member of the cabbage family. I spotted this glorius sight on the N2 road from Asbourne going forward with Swords at your back. On my way back there were at least three others pulled in taking photographs.

It should not be confused with the weed known as Charlock, the Sinapis arvensis, a plant that looks similar and although also a member of the cabbage family, it is more commonly found growing in ditches and waste soil.

I still think it’s amazing that a field can make me smile. I just love how the sun hits it…

and also this picture of the same field…

 

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