A brief window of sunlight …

Wheat in the late summer sun

If you live in the UK you’ll know it’s been an unremitting dull summer … endless gloom, rain and murk. I drive past this field every day, and as the wheat in the field has slowly ripened I’ve been trying to get a good opportunity to shoot it. Finally I drove home and caught the field as the sunlight started to hit the magic hours: rich, oversaturated colours and majestic stillness.

You’d never think this bucolic scene was next to the M62 motorway, but sometimes the most beautiful rural scenes seem to thrive in the hinterland next to these vehicular arteries that criss-cross our landscape. Although you can’t tell from the photo, the ground was sodden and saturated: the rain we’ve suffered so much of has delayed the harvesting, but at least the hedgerows are verdant and fecund right now, weighed down with fruit. I need to go picking berries.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or locate the scene in Google Earth.

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