Ceres walks through the crops, her hands brushing the ripening ears as she moves silent and unobserved in her rustling domain. Barley is a wonderful crop to observe on a breezy day, as the awns sway and shimmer, catching the light and delighting the eye. The camera can capture some of the magic if you […]
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A chance shot seen on the way to photograph a friend’s lavender farm. Rolling countryside near Winchester compressed with a telephoto lens to accentuate the topography. I was taken by the mauve-green shimmer of the nearby field, which is planted with Phacelia – a green manure crop, but looks more like Victorian shot taffeta than a prosaic […]
The field just behind our house one warm June morning, before all the dew had burnt off. Either the seed wasn’t well cleaned, or the sprayer missed a lot of weeds, but it was a picture for just a few days. I liked the contrast between cool shadow and hot sunshine on the opposite side […]
A field of ripening barley with a small drift of poppies in the middle distance. Just a small strip missed by the herbicide spray, and the poppy seeds made the most of the opportunity – they had probably been lying there for 20 years or so, waiting for their chance in the sun.
For just a week or so, this crop of barley in the fields next to my house was a glorious sight, as the shimmering awns turned from green to rose pink. Evening sun lends extra gloss and contrast. I assume the variety was not successful, as I’ve never seen it before or since.
A handsome crop near Chapman’s Pool in east Dorset, lighting up a grey summer day with its ethereal golden awns. Most barley has 4 rows of grain – but this variety had 6, making it even more feathery and attractive than usual.