Posts

Yet more buttercups

pano_buttercup_field_1500px

Another field coated in buttercups, under a glorious summer’s sun.

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth and Wikipedia.

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.

The Winding Path

More dark skies and poppies in Derbyshire

More poppies and dark skies

I shot this a few minutes after the more spectacular view in the previous post. Fewer poppies, but loved the path dropping down and bisecting the field in front of me.

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

A gathering storm…

Poppies in a Wheatfield overlooking Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Poppies in a wheatfield overlooking Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

I saw this field when driving along the nearby M1 on the way to a meeting; after making a mental note of where it was I returned on the way home. I had to cross several fields to get to this poppy-adorned spot, at the crest of a hill which swept lazily down towards the motorway. I’ve never seen so many poppies before: I couldn’t help be reminded of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem about Flanders Field as thousands of red flowers swayed under the glowering sky.

In the distance one can view the splendour of Hardwick Hall, home of Bess of Hardwick, who at one stage was the most powerful woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I herself.

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