Posts tagged ‘summer’


Late sunshine accentuates the vivid colours of wild sorrel seeds in a permanent pasture just down the road, belonging to Lyme Alpacas. The jewel-like reds are offset by the rich green of the grass and the golden splashes of field buttercups.

Tags: , , , , , ; taken on Sunday, June 6th, 2010

It’s not easy, being green

A study in green – ripening wheat on Salisbury Plain. A stop by the side of the A303 (surely one of the most rewarding roads for the arable enthusiast?) on the way to a friend’s funeral yielded this unexpected image. The lush soft green was captivating, and the scene was completed when the cloud shadows […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Friday, July 4th, 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

Fishing boats at Beer

Not such a common sight today – small fishing boats drawn up on the beach. This happens at Beer, a few miles along the coast from where I live. One’s just coming in and the seagulls are getting excited.

Tags: , , ; taken on Wednesday, July 12th, 2006


Cultivated poppies on the Salisbury Plain – another of my A303 series that belies the traffic roaring past, unseeing. Abrash is the delicate banding of colours seen in hand-made Oriental carpets, which comes from different dye batches in the wool. I think it perfectly describes the play of light and shade over this field, especially […]

Tags: , , , ; taken on Monday, July 19th, 2004

Full stop

Another view from the top of Pilsdon Pen, of one of my favourite fields, which has a double fold that looks quite extraordinary in low light. On this particular evening, I caught the silage harvest in progress, and one bale rolled down to the bottom of the mown strip provided what I thought was the […]

Tags: , , , , , ; taken on Monday, June 14th, 2004


Fodder maize, seen from Pilsdon Pen in late afternoon sun. I was intrigued by the texture of the rows of corn and the intensely bright specular reflections from the foliage, and the cloud shadows racing across the fields. As it was a hazy day, I used a polariser to cut down some of the haze, […]

Tags: , , ; taken on Saturday, September 6th, 2003

Ripples and riffles

I have only ever once been to the Scilly Isles, and was entranced by the limpidity of the water compared to the sediment-laden sea at home. This is a view of the sea in the harbour at St Agnes on a breezy day – unusually, mid-day light worked with rather than against me, because it […]

Tags: , , , ; taken on Saturday, July 26th, 2003


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

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