Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Walk with me awhile....


The amateur photographer in me was awoken by this sight as I drove past at the weekend.  Yesterday I took my camera to it and spent a lovely few minutes snapping away pretending I knew what I was doing. Isn't it a lovely sight?  I can't remember this particular field ever being poppy strewn, but I'm told that the seeds lie dormant for up to twenty years, so as soon as the farmer decided against using this field for a crop, bam!, here are the poppies.  So I invite you to walk with me, ponder, enjoy the wonderful sunshine and revel in the extraordinary colours of land and sky.  I don't walk for pleasure.  I need a reason.  Like a shop with a Mars bar or a pub with a G&T at the end of the walk.  Having said that, golf is too much of a reason.  Oh I'm so contrary! But the ten minutes or so it took me to get to this field and the few minutes I spent revelling in being a photographer were lovely, and I'm very pleased with my result.  And on the way home, I managed to think about some bits and pieces that remain to be caught up with, so it was a good outing.  Maybe this is why people do it.  Fresh air therapy, I get it.  Although, to be completely honest, I didn't do a lot of walking.
But I did enjoy the fresh air.  And the freewheel from here to where I have to cross the road to get home was a blast!

60 comments:

Victoria said...

Beautiful! Who couldn't fall in love with this gorgeous sight?

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That poppy field is completely beautiful...that sort of thing just stops you in your tracks, doesn't it?

It'll be the Tour de France next year :)

LLJ xxxx

Helen said...

Wow, gorgeous photo xx

Sheilagh said...

My idea of heaven, poppyfields justdo something to my soul.

Thank You Mrs Dunnit!

Jaki Morris said...

Oh my! How beautiful? I can't believe that I missed the rape seeds this year as every time I passed a fabulous yellow field it was raining!

I love taking photos and hopefully I'll find a poppy field soon.

Jakixx

Neesie said...

Absolutely stunning poppy field Julia...what a sight that must have been. Your photo is brilliant and I enjoyed my trip ;D

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh thank you thank you, Julia, so much for sharing those stunning poppies I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have seen them in the flesh but is simply lovely to see them this way..
I like walking for the fresh air and thinking as you said makes it worth while and of course my beach takes some beating; there was a six foot surf yesterday and there were some youngsters with surf comp on they were amazing to watch too! hi from Shaz in oz.x

Di said...

Thank you for the walk to the poppies - fabulous! But, I think I rode pillion in fact :) And mine was a G&T BTW.

Di xx

Redanne said...

Hi Julia, it is a stunning photograph, nothing nicer than a field of poppies or oil seed rape in my opinion. What a pity that the Countryfile photo comp is now closed - this would have been an ideal candidate - it really is gorgeous! A xx

Annie said...

Hope you didn't mind me sitting on the cross bar of your bike. I loved the ride and the scenery was stunning....I may just have to use that pic as inspiration for my next pic :-)
Hugs,
A x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Woah! That is a jaw-droppingly beautiful sight Julia. Thanks for sharing.

I love getting outside for a walk.

xxx

Glenda said...

Mother Nature can truly strut her stuff when she wants to. This photo is stunning. Thank you for sharing this beauty!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

What a fabulous sight :o) I love poppies.

Yours Artfully said...

Simply beautiful. What a gobsmacking view! Sorry about the gobsmacking but it really is!!!

I'm enjoying walking the dog these days, now that I am not so pressed for time but I just wish I had places like this to see on my walks!

Lin

Helen said...

What a stunning photo and beautiful beautiful poppies! I love them growing naturally like that, in a big field. Good on the farmer!!

Twiglet said...

Well that pic took me back a year or two. I remember stopping by a poppy field to take a picture of Maxine in the poppies in her little red and white frock - 1984 I think!! Yours is a stunning pic Julia. x Jo

Darla said...

Love it, looks like a painting~

Carmen said...

Beautiful beautiful field - and what do you mean 'playing' photographer? I thought this was a professional shot when I arrived on the blog :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never seen a poppy field, but I really enjoyed this one. I don't think they grow in my area. Too hot and dry in summer and too cold in winter. Your photo of that field is truly super. I think you have super photography skills. And I love seeing photos of places I may never have a chance to visit.

I must miss WOYWW this and next week because I'm working on a major project with a non-negotiable deadline. I simply don't have the time to devote. But I'll be dropping in whenever I can.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

That's a glorious field of poppies, Julia. You definitely have an eye for photography. Blessings!

kay said...

is that the field on the A303 as we went past one there on saturday and its gorgeous especially as poppies are my fave flower,x

Leslie Hanna said...

LOVE the field of poppies!

Craftychris said...

ooh that poppy field is so gorgeous - thank you so much for sharing it with us. I used to love walking, I could walk miles and miles. I did prefer to have somewhere to go though. I don't drive and it was my chosen mode of transport. When I ended up with M.E. it put paid to my walking and I miss it loads! When I recover I hope to get back to it, to some degree at least xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Oh wow what a sight, beautiful pic,. you done a good job, Mrs D! Zo xx

Danielle said...

Oh Julia, thanks for sharing. The field and the photo are beautiful!

sandee said...

wow, that had to be an amazing feeling, walking out there into that field of poppies! beautiful shot! Love your bicycle, it's too hilly to ride one here, I'd end up pushing it around I'm afraid! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

jill said...

Gorgeous Julia Makes you want a Cadburys flake & go sit in the field .

mamapez5 said...

That field is just beautiful. And you are right about the dormant poppy seeds. That's why a new bye-pass etc often has it's banks lined with poppies for the first year and then they mostly disappear. Nature is strange isn't it? Kate x

Eliza said...

I have never seen anything like that poppy field, how wonderful, I wonder how much opium could be harvested from it. LOL Sorry I couldn't help myself. Just randomly crossed my mind.

Thanks for sharing

Eliza

Sunshine Girl said...

How lovely - last week I painted a homage to Monet with his poppy field (needs some tweeking before I show it though) so how lovely to get to wander through a field like that! Like your bike too - I too have a basket on mine (everyone laughs at it until they suddenly realise they want to use it!).

Annie Smith said...

I love poppies so much! And now even more, that I know about their secret dormant capabilities...sneaky little things. I hope you get another inspiring walk in soon, I can't do without a good walk almost daily. :)

505whimsygirl said...

I just love poppies. What a beautiful field. I'm glad you got out into some fresh air and shared a wonderful sight with all of us!

Hugs,
Kay

fairy thoughts said...

What a fab photo, very inspiring. What a beautiful day it has been today. . . about time too
janet

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wonderful! And the seeds lying dormant, so many wonderful thoughts can grow from that! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

Samantha Elliott said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing that. I love poppies so it was a joy to see

Darnell J Knauss said...

Extraordinary!! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm so glad you crossed the road safely after all that free wheeling and head clearing!

Helen said...

Hi Julia this is a stunning shot. I love poppies. I think I would have been tempted to go and sit in the middle with a picnic and a glass of wine! Might have played havoc with the freewheel home though!

Neet said...

Oh Julia, this is so beautiful. I adore poppies. I have tried for years to get some of these red ones but only have the yellow and orange. I do have a clump of the big Papavars but this field is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Neet xx

Shoshi said...

Absolutely beautiful, Julia. This has to be one of my favourite sights on earth. When we went to Norfolk on holiday a few years ago I took so many photos of poppy fields! My poor hubby found them very disappointing as he's colour blind and they didn't show up at all for him!! How sad is that?

Shoshi

Dragon said...

Wonderful sight and photo... my fave colour is red and poppy red is so alive eh??
Love and light
frankie
xx

Sparkly Engineer said...

Lovely photography. For all of me, I would think yo a professional. This takes me back to my childhood in Spain. We lived at the edge of a town and the fields were full of poppies.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, what an amazing sight!

Minxy said...

Poppies are one of my most favourite things to see, especially in a field like this, just stunning, I would love to walk with you here :)

RosC said...

I'll walk here with you, with great pleasure. How beautiful! I've never seen a paddock full of poppies before although I've read about it about the Remembrance poppy. This is a stunning photo. The nearest thing to it is the paddocks full of Salvation Jane which is a carpet of purple. The sad thing is that it's an introduced weed pest.
I think you and I are into walking at about the same level!
See you shortly for WOYWW.
Ros.

Spyder said...

Yep. you need a reason. To get me to move again after an op that went wrong a few years back hubby would take me to towns with crafty shops...which I had to walk to! It worked! Lovely pictures!....hubby has been forgiven for ripping up my orange and yellow poppies, which he thought were weeds...
(Lyn)

famfa said...

Gorgeous. Definitely a photographer. You have an eye for it x

Charlene said...

Wow...took my breath away..You really should frame this one Julia!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a pretty photo! :)

voodoo vixen said...

Fabulous photo of the poppy field, I have never seen so many in a field before and they really pack a whallop when they do grow like this!!

Alexandra said...

This sight is stunning. No wonder you wanted to capture it in a photo. I have an odd wee group of poppies here and there along the side of the road on the way to my work and the sight of them nodding in the breeze cheers me up, so I arrive at work smiling. Thanks for sharing this, love it!

Elizabeth said...

Before I start on my WOYWW snoop, I just had to feast my eyes on these - absolutely blooming marvelous :) I adore poppies, especially great swathes of them like this, and we don't see enough of them these days. Poppies grow best on poor soil, with no added chemicals, fertiliser, etc., and I'd say there isn't much chemical free land in the UK today. That the farmer has decided not to grow a crop there this year might be a reason for this glorious sight, but there again, it could be that the he has joined in this scheme that is promoting meadows - whichever reason, good decision :)) Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth xx

JoZart said...

That pic really uplifts me and the sight of it for you must have been so intense. I do hope our dumfers see it as it is perfect inspiration for their work.
Love joZarty x

podgypanda said...

Wonderful....this makes all those endless weeks of rain worth putting up with...to be in uk and see this beautiful site.
I too have to have a reason to walk...are we just lazy or sensible!!??

Have a great week
Julie(paperpathway)

trisha too said...

Gorgeous, Julia!!!

:)

Geri said...

I love poppies - there is one hillside by our house that gets covered with California poppies each year. I've always wanted to stop and take a photo, but it's on the side of the freeway. This is gorgeous!

Paula Gale said...

Oh Julia

I'm so glad I caught this post while still going through my emails... I think you know I have a love of poppies and have been trying to paint them of late - i'll show on my blog, but oh, the sight is to be beholden. It doesn't get much better in my book.

You really are better at photography than you give yourself credit for.

Paula x x x

Gita said...

What a pretty picture!!

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