The seasons come and the seasons go. Colour is starting to drain from the landscape as the harvest is reaped and the fields are ploughed up ready to be re-seeded.
Last week we returned to Ivinghoe Beacon, our favourite ‘hill’on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, to look out over the surrounding land. Land in the process of change. There were green fields, golden fields – one where a combine was actively working as we watched – and fields bereft of colour, where harvesting had been completed.
The Soil around Ivinghoe is chalky and so the soil has a strangely grey colour to it, not the rich brown we are more accustomed to seeing.
The image above is of a vestigial hedgerow I have photographed previously when it was surrounded by fields of lush green in early Spring. On this occasion there was minimal colour in the soil. I was tempted to de-saturate the fields completely, but when I tried that I realized how important that subtle colour was to the success of the image.
Below is the almost exact same view taken in April this year, or click here to see the original image posted with a slightly different composition.
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