Until I began cycling regularly in the Scottish countryside I had absolutely no interest in flowers. I never thought about them. They were insignificant to me. But nowadays it is not uncommon for me to slam on the brakes and risk an accident to take a closer look at something pretty growing on the road verge.
Cycling makes me notice things more, the small details that are easy to miss when using other modes of transportation. Flowers are one of those small things that are much easier to spot from a bicycle saddle.
I found that the more I cycled the more I became interested in the flowers that I spotted. I got off my bike to bend down and get a closer look at their colour and shape. I began to take close up photos of them. They became just as important as the landscapes and buildings that made up the photographic record of each of my journeys.
I purchased one of those cheap flower spotting guidebooks that can be picked up in the gift shops of castles and other tourist attractions. I use the book to try to put a name to the flowers in my photos. I am not always able to identify them as you can see from some of the blank descriptions among the photos here. Do you know the names of any of the flowers pictured here?
Scotland has many beautiful flowers and seeing them always makes me smile. They contribute to the enjoyment of cycling trips, make me feel lucky to be exploring Scotland.
I have my favourites. Wood Sorrel, that delicate white and yellow flower that carpets forest floors always brings me joy. Foxgloves are so tall and sturdy in comparison, but just as endearing with their variety of colours and bell-shaped flowers. Do you have any favourites?
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.