The Honey Badger’s ‘Golden Field of Spring’

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Did you know that there are “old style daffodils” and the newer varieties look different?

The field of ancient narcissus in the photo was created by daffodil bulbs which surrounded mountain homesteads on the Linville River and were washed downriver to lower fields by the Great Flood of 1916. Shortoff Mountain at the south end of the Linville Gorge is featured prominently in the background.

A first stanza of a poem called Daffodils by William Wordsworth talks about the beauty of these flowers.

  • “I wandered lonely as a cloud.
  • That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
  • When all at once I saw a crowd,
  • A host, of golden daffodils;
  • Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
  • Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

Spring in the Southern Appalachians is near when the golden plant appears.

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