Some Wildflowers and Mythology

Here are some #wildflower #photos I’ve photographed recently. The Thistle, Harebell, Redshank and Rosebay Willow Herb.



I got to looking up some details on the Redshank as its one plant I’ve seen numerous times and always thought it looked like a little sweet or lollypop sticking out of the grass with its tiny red bead like flowers that hardly open. Like a lot of wild flowers it has some myths linked to it. The dark marks on its leaves, has over the years, been attributed to where either the Devil or the Virgin Mary touched it.



Harebells also has a fair bit of folklore. The flower of the fairies in England, it was thought patches of this flower were where fairies sheltered. In Scotland it was know as the bluebell or the Devils bell. Witches were thought to use its juice as part of their flying ointment and also to transform themselves into hares.

Rosebay Willow Herb

Rosebay Willow Herb

A native wildflower, Rosebay Willowherb is a pioneer species, as it’s often one of the first plants to colonise barren land. It was commonly seen growing on bomb sites during the Second World War where it got the name Fireweed or Bombweed.



The thistle has been Scotland’s national emblem for hundreds of years, since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286). One legend goes that an army of invading Norsemen were attempting to attack a scottish camp when one barefoot Norseman stepped on a thistle. The resulting shout of pain alerted the Scots, who drove them away thus saving Scotland.


About Stuart Scott Images

Stuart Scott is a photographer based in the Scottish Borders. Born and brought up in Wales, Stuart spent much of his childhood around animals and birds, as well as exploring the local countryside where he learnt to enjoy and respect the natural world. He developed a keen interest in photography whilst studying for a Fine Art degree, and in the following years used and explored photography in his work. Since moving to Scotland Stuart has tried to concentrate his photography to within a few miles of his home. As well as following the local wildlife and exploring the Scottish Borders, he has begun a long-term project on the landscape and life of Lauderdale. Stuart's work has been exhibited in a number of places including with Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh Zoo and the Scottish Sea Bird Centre. He recently won The Mammal Society's Mammal Photographer of the Year 2014 Competition. Stuart lives near Lauder with his wife and son.
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