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Rapeseed (Brassica napus)

The farming of Rapeseed (Brassica napus) does not enjoy a great tradition in Mallorca, as far as I know. With the prolificacy of olive trees for abundant olive oil production, there was not any need to produce rapeseed oil for human consumption. In fact, the plant is considered an alien species to the Balearics. Now, however, there is a different situation altogether with the plant being farmed for the production of biodiesel, an alternative for powering motor vehicles.

On a grey day of the kind we had over the Easter weekend, there is no happier sight than a field of rapeseed in full bloom with its bright yellow flowers, a welcome visual substitute for the absent brightness of the sun.

The good news is that the sun is making a welcome return, any moment soon.

The photo was taken near Porreres, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 10th, 2011. The time was 13:12:08.

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