On the same day that I shot images of Wheat ready for Harvest (click here to view that post) I found Barley growing in an adjacent field. Barley seed heads have long awns (or beards) that project out beyond the seed head and are 2-4 inches long.
The awns give the appearance of hairiness (for want of a better term) that is so characteristic of Barley and make it appear as if the surface of the field ‘flows’. On a breezy day the effect can be magical giving the impression of a restless golden ocean. The seed heads tend to droop and that droop is never planar: that makes photography difficult. I didn’t make my task easy by taking just my faithful Canon G10 with me.
However, I am reasonable happy with what I captured. The second image above was an attempt to shoot over the top of the field to capture the waves of barley that are so characteristic of a field. Do try clicking on individual images to enlarge them.
Finally this last weekend I re-visited these fields now reduced to stubble. And this is how the Wheat field now looks.