Black and white seemed the appropriate choice for this scene – it utilises the backlighting effectively.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
It was my hope to be posting photos of the meadow in its buttercup season – the meadow in which the dandelions bloomed gustily a few weeks ago. Sadly, the weather has been against the buttercup. Its early promise was cut short by the rain, wind and cold temperatures. Instead, I am posting photos of the same meadow taken in late May two years ago. I was hoping for a repetition!
Scenes such as this have been commonplace across the length and breadth of the UK in recent weeks. Field upon field has been taken over by the acid yellow of rape seed plants. The area under rape seed cultivation, and hence the amount of yellow, has expanded greatly in recent years. Clearly it is commercially profitable. But among the general public it is not unanimously welcome. Many see the yellow as brash and jarring compared with the relatively subdued palette of the native vegetation.
What contrary weather we have in the UK! March was the warmest March since records began. April was the wettest April for 100 years. This followed, at the beginning of April, the introduction of hosepipe bans and water restrictions (which are still in force). We are now in ‘flaming’ June and the lunchtime news included a ‘severe weather warning’.
But, as the rain streams down the window pane, the garden takes on a new beauty.
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This view of our garden was taken through a rear window of the house – hence the interference of reflections in places and a consequent softening of the focus. But, in particular, I wanted to capture the impact of the few vibrant splashes of red. The poppies add a ‘zing’ to the scene.
But stay a little longer with an individual flower. Marvel at the pattern at the heart of the flower.
Notice the nuances of colour as the petals reflect the sunlight.