A scene characteristic of the British countryside at this time – the combination of cow parsley, rape and (on a good day) a clear blue sky.
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The persistent rains of recent weeks, augmented now by flood water, have transformed normally dry roadside ditches into small streams, encouraging vigorous new shoots even in January.
The hedgerow behind the ditch contains the dead (but, in its own way, attractive) growth of the rosebay willowherb and similar plants.
In the field beyond the hedge, land that was previously marshy has become a small lake.
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.