Posted on July 5, 2022
We have barley growing in fields near the village as well as wheat. It is so lovely to look out over large expanses of the ripening crop as it waves and ripples in the wind. On this day the light was changing constantly as dark clouds scudded overhead, fleetingly obliterating the blue sky, and intermittently letting the sun shine through. The crop surface textures, colours and patterns varied depending on the transient quality of the light, the degree of ripeness, and the direction of view. The light-show on the barley whiskers is fascinating and beautiful. I could imagine these natural abstract designs being used for fabrics or wall coverings.
Posted on November 2, 2021
These images show the changes in a field of maize situated between the derelict barn at the top of the village and Wood Hill Clump looking roughly southwest in the village of Charlton Down in Dorset from June to October 2021. Every time I pass the spot it looks different, depending not only the way the crop is growing but also the on the effect of different times of day and varying weather and light conditions. Always in transition.
Posted on July 13, 2021
Pictures from a walk yesterday afternoon into the fields around Charlton Down, towards the River Cerne where it borders onto a large field on sloping ground where the farmer has planted a crop of Field Peas. I think that they are being grown for animal feed but at the same time will help fertilise the soil because legumes fix nitrogen from the air and store as a compound in the roots. I haven’t seen peas as a crop here before. This field had barley last year. I really like the way the skies seen so expansive over the fields, and the cloud formations were wonderful.
Posted on July 9, 2021
The barley is growing fast. The stalks and the grain are still green but the ‘whiskers’ have turned colour. Acres of soft golden haze cover the slopes. undulating like waves on the sea as the wind ripples through the crop. Clouds scudding-by create moving shadows to darken the fields, emphasising the vibrancy and golden glow when the sun reappears. It is such a pleasure to see all this – the wider panorama as well as the moving textures and nuances of hue on the smaller scale. We are privileged to be able to walk around the fields that surround Charlton Down and observe the changes to the farmed landscape from season to season.
Best appreciated full-size.
Posted on April 12, 2021
A walk along the footpath towards Waterston Ridge at Higher Charlton Down this weekend proved delightful in the sunshine. Acres of yellow oilseed rape flowers glowed in the bright light while skylarks sang overhead and bees of many species took advantage of the fresh nectar.