Posts tagged ‘barley’

Ceres surprised

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 […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Phacelia and pylon

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 […]

Tags: , , , ; taken on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Red, yellow, green

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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , ; taken on Thursday, June 29th, 2006


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.

Tags: , , , , ; taken on Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Pink barley

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.

Tags: , , , ; taken on Monday, May 12th, 2003

Six-row barley

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.

Tags: , , ; taken on Monday, July 9th, 2001