Those of you who regularly visit, read, or subscribe to this blog may recall a minimalist landscape I posted about 2-3 weeks ago. Click here to re-visit that image to compare that earlier images with those of today.
We were back to the self same spot (Ivinghoe Beacon on the edge of the Chiltern Hills) last week. What a difference three months makes. The earlier image was taken on 20 April. The greens were fresh and vibrant then.
Now, 12 weeks later, the same field (a broader shot this time) has mellowed into a paler softer green. At first glance it may appear that there is a colour cast present but I believe the colour is true. The colour is mainly created by the undersurfaces of the long sheathing leaves of the growing crop before the process of ripening begins.
The second image is from the same hill but in the opposite direction. Same overall tonal range. The hillier ground is in contrast to the expansive field – already looking scorched by the continued dry hot weather we are enjoying. Long may it continue, but certainly our lawn looks in urgent need of a drop of rain. Just don’t mention it too loudly!
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