Rapeseed – Brassica Napus to give it its proper name – is one of the stand-out sights of Spring in the UK. For some years, finding a photogenic yellow field has been one of the challenges I have set myself each spring. In Northamptonshire, where we used to live, fields of Rapeseed were quite common, but because farmers rotated their crops each year the search had to be begun anew every Spring.
In West Sussex where we now live, fields of Rapeseed are not so plentiful – the county it much more wooded and there is less arable farming. But fields of Rapeseed are there if one keeps looking, and earlier today I visited one not too far from where we live. I always look for a stand-out feature to anchor the composition and an isolated tree often fulfils that function And so it did today.
In addition, I found a line of tractor tracks that provided a lead-in, curving round towards the tree. And the weather was perfect – a blue sky flecked with cloud. It’s that combination of yellow and blue with a hint of green that grabs my attention every time.