Sic Erat Scriptum, Or not as the case maybe… Warning: Lots of yellow!

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You know what? I think it’s going to be a great year! I just need to stop getting writers  block when I sit down to do a blog post. I need to try and be as articulate (see, I can do it) with my words as I am with my camera. So, let’s give this a go…

… Nope, nothing there… Oh, hang on….

I’ve just been looking back over the last week of photographs and to say there’s a plethora of yellow is a slight understatement.DSC_7463-Pano-Edit-2.jpg

The days have, on the whole, been bright but there’s been cloud that’s defused the light perfectly to bring out the colours in the crop and enhance the plush greens of the newly emerged leaf. Everything has taken on a healthy, optimistic air that is Spring and that gladdens the heart!

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There, that didn’t hurt too much now, did it?

 

 

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Manual 365/136 The Largest Flower In The World!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was worried that because of the emergence of the Oil Seed Rape flower my blog was going to turn yellow and now that the crop is in full flower I think I’ve managed to stop myself from cataloguing every field around here but this afternoon while out walking with my daughter (That’s becoming a bit of a habit that we’re going to continue) we were walking along the aforementioned field of yellow and I remembered a photo that Tim Peake (You know, the guy currently on the ISS) posted on Flickr a couple of weeks ago of the South coast of the UK complete with yellow fields, clearly visible, you can see his picture here. Those fields of yellow, reflected colour from countless petals of tiny flowers. Ok, mono crops, sure, but wow!

Smile Guys, The Universe Can See Us! DSC_0010-2.jpgThis weekend I have walked for miles, for the majority of it accompanied by the kids and it’s been an absolute joy even if I do ache a bit now. And I’ve been back to my favourite tree.DSC_0025-Pano.jpg

It’s a panoramic composition and when I do actually get around to printing the detail and size is going to be breath taking.

And my last for today,

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Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/116 Insane In The Membrane….

I got tonight’s shot on the hoof earlier and added some mood to the sky in Lightroom.

Normally I like to do a little bit of research before posing, be it into the location or subject and this evening’s been a bit of an eye opener… (Brane funk)

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But there’s so much more to this simple picture…

Here’s the quandary in my uneducated opinion;

  • Farming in this country is still a huge industry, much as you’d like to think that the carrot and peas in your Sunday roast came from Farmer Giles’ small holding up the road it probably came from an industrial farm in Suffolk.
  • Oil seed rape is a viable crop, not as viable as it used to be but still viable.
  • Flowering crops like this offer a life line to the pollinators of our tiny island
  • Flowering crops like this offer a tasty meal to the pests that have reduced, or even in some cases, decimated the weald of this crop.
  • The pesticide (neonicotinoids) that could be used to control the pests would also kill the pollinators (it’s due to the blood/brain barrier in insects, their brains are affected so much more than mammals.)
  • Other pesticides used to work but the Flea Beatle has developed immunity, as most small organisms tend too, given a little bit of time and lazy corporations (See the Antibiotic argument)
  • The EU (I’m not getting into that debate) has banned the use of neonicotinoids on the basis that we need to keep bees about, I think everyone agrees with that.
  • The EU needs to invest more money into research and get everybody around the table to talk in a grown up (The answer’s in the grey area) kind of way. (I’m still not going to get into that debate)

The crux of the matter is, more research (money) needs to be invested on researching this  subject because this, together with many other issues, need to be resolved from the point of view of business, farming and also from the point of view that I want my kids to grow up less scared than I did!

Bit of a heavy one tonight and I’m sure there’s many arguments either for or against but the one thing I’m absolutely sure of is our ability to find a solution…

Peace Peeps! x