The fields around here are mostly oil-seed rape this year. This is now in full flower, turning the landscape the most amazing acid yellow – so much so that it makes your eyes hurt! These are some views opposite the woods taken earlier this week.
Some fantastic weather has led to breathtaking skies across the fields from the woods – both wonderful sunsets and amazing conjunctions of cloud and light. The view may seem the same, but it is forever changing, and the same subject can yield very different images. We’ve been really lucky to be there in the early evenings and witness this wonderful natural beauty. This is a collection of images taken of the same subject – the hills and trees opposite the woods – but in different light, and with different moods. I could photograph these trees forever! The first set of sunsets were taken from the entrance to the woods, and the fields opposite us. The second set were taken from the boundary within the woods, showing the trees from slightly different perspective, as a shower cleared to let the light show over the horizon.
Last Saturday, I was treated to the most stunning sunset at the woods, made the more amazing in that it was unexpected. So unexpected that I went for a walk round the woods carrying only my small Canon EOS-M camera, rather than my larger 5D3. It started with some lovely warm colours in the clear evening sky, but I often find that a clear sky doesn’t produce the most spectacular images. But we were in luck! Out of the shadow of the woods came a band of cloud, and this promised to produce some wonderful colour.
So it was that I stopped snapping images at the bottom of Betty’s Wood and walked briskly up to the top of the hill to capture the last rays of the sun as it set over the fields opposite our entrance. Starting off with peach and orange colours, the sky turned vivid scarlet and magenta before the sun slipped below the horizon. Here are a few images from the series.