I have an Uncle Fred who isn't my uncle. He's my cousin. First cousin once removed, to be exact. But I call him Uncle Fred because, well...that's what we call older gentlemen around the bay. Uncle. A sign of respect in a lot of small communities.
Uncle Fred is an entrepreneur by nature. He has started lots of businesses over the years. He ran a motel. He ran a gas station. He ran a liquor store. He ran away from home with my Dad once...but only for a brief randy and only to Norris Point! Another story for another time.
Uncle Fred was always in the busing business and, at one point, had tour buses servicing beautiful Gros Morne National Park. One day a tourist, pointing to some flowers in the ditch, asked him, "What are those flowers called?". Uncle Fred replied with, "side-of-the-roadums". Quick thinker, that Uncle Fred.
I think some people consider side-of-the-roadums weeds, but I suspect most consider them wildflowers. A wise botanist once suggested that a weed is simply something you don't want growing in a particular space. So, if you have a strawberry garden, dandelion is an unwelcome guest and is therefore a weed. But, if you have a dandelion garden, strawberry is the weed. It's all relative I guess.
Side-of-the-roadums. Pretty darn awesome I think. They are welcome to ramify their beauty from here to the Torngat Mountains, and beyond!
I identified these flowers to the best of my ability. I tend to use the following books to help me identify anything of which I am unsure:
-Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador (Peter J. Scott and Dorothy Black)
-A Travellers' Guide to Wild Flowers of Newfoundland Canada (Bill and June Titford)
All shots were taken at f/2.8 with the exception of the orange hawkweed which was shot at f/13. All photos were processed in Lightroom. I applied some filters to the purple orchid and orange hawkweed.
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