For a few weeks in spring, the area where I live is hemmed on all sides by fields of exquisite, swaying yellow Canola – the creation of a Canadian plant scientist. The power of the colour is one of nature’s treats, and the sprawling tracts of blooming flowers look like a storybook carpet to me.
Canola (contraction of Canadian and oil or ‘ola’) has only been around since the 1970s but is now the third most widely used oil in the world, after soybean and palm. Canola (a derivative of rapeseed) has much to recommend it (including use as a bio-fuel). But my focus has always been its stunning, calming beauty. Watch this 90 seconds by an Alberta videographer.