Its funny, when you look for something you never seem to find it. Its like going shopping with money in your pocket only to find that there is nothing you want to buy. Yet when you have no money to spare you find the shops are full of things you want! For a while now I have been searching for a poppy field in full bloom, a few years ago I found a very rare field of pink poppies but hadn’t managed to find a field of red ones, not locally anyway. I’m sure there are plenty around the UK countryside but I think the weather this year has probably not done poppies any favor’s either as it has been cold and very wet. My garden poppies lasted 24hrs before they were drenched and fell apart. But yesterday whilst en route to a friend’s house at a very early hour (for a Sunday anyway!) I slammed the brakes on and leapt out of the car with glee! For there in all their glory at the side of the road, covering a grassy bank that went on for some distance was the glorious sight of thousands of red poppies, glowing fiery hot red in the early sunlight, their heads bobbing and nodding in the breeze, flame haired girls sunbathing under a cobalt blue sky…a little bit of heaven on earth!
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Now, this is an interesting post for me in as much as I am a bit of a purist when it comes to photography and I like my images to be as they were seen through the viewfinder. But…..I have had a little dabble with this one! In my front garden are some poppies (my fav flower!) and over the last few days they have gone from green velvety buds to electric yellow flowers, but as you can see( following yet more rain today) they were somewhat drenched by the time I got the camera out but I really like the contrast between the heavy rain drops and the delicate petals. The yellow poppy is the original image and the red and blue poppy images simply created by adjusting the hues and saturation in photoshop. Im not yet converted but I have to admit I quite like the results!
On yet another drive to work this morning I remembered that I had seen these little beauties beginning to colour up, suprising considering the wet weather of late. Its amazing to think how nature has this way of thriving in the most inhospitable places, a neglected strip of land that runs alongside a factory unit, a concrete base that over the last few weeks has transformed into a wild flower haven! I love the way the flowers are breaking out through the rusty railings, its like prisoners attempting to escape, the weather faded poppies with translucent petals, bobbing their heads and waving as preoccupied car drivers stream past more worried about being late than noticing the riot! Bright yellow buttercups acting as miniture spotlights, instant sunshine against the grey of the lampost and the time worn brickwork of the factory walls where workers toiled whislt the flowers celebrated imminent freedom! You’d never believe all this is happening in an area the size of a bath! Maybe tomorrow I will wave back!