Sea of Yellow

Some of you know that we moved to a new house in the southern suburbs of Munich. In front of our house is (still) a large field of canola that has greeted us every morning for the last couple of weeks. The change became apparent a few days ago, and when I noticed the blossoming of the canola, I knew I just had to take a couple of pictures. Today was the day.

Unterhaching, Germany
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Canola field
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The late afternoon light was right, the sky was blue with just a few white clouds. And so I walked the few steps from the house to the field and thought, “and now for something completely different”.

I think I found at least a few unusual angles, especially after putting myself into the position of the insects. The simple canola plants looked suddenly amazingly tall, more like trees…

Blooming Canola Field
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Blossoming canola field
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…and sometimes they even resembled giant trees!

Canola field
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Usually, I am not a big fan of flower shots. I find them boring. But this was different, and I actually like the results. But most important: it was great to stand and move in the yellow sea of canola and inhale that sweet, heavy scent, sent out to attract the bees. I also noticed some fine yellow dust on my trousers. And going down on my knees provided me with new views and made me feel alive (well, more alive than photographing talking heads at a press conference).

Canola
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Canola field
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Dandelion
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So, I can only encourage anyone, pro or not, to take the time and go out into the field. Da some basic shots. Drop on your knees, feel the soil, and try to see things differently. Even a simple location like a blooming canola field in front of your house might bring some unexpected results.

3 Responses to “Sea of Yellow”

  1. Dietmar says:

    Hallo Mark,

    das erinnert mich an die Frage: “Wann ist die Einzugsparty?”

    Noch zwei Bildchen zum Thema Gelb:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vdietmar/2464353024/in/set-72157604872950034/

    …und gigantische Perspektiven:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vdietmar/2463520727/in/set-72157604872950034/

    – Didi

  2. admin says:

    Hi Dietmar: Einladung zur Einzugsparty kommt mit separater Mail. :-) Jetzt, wo der neue Grill ausprobiert wurde (und gute Ergebnisse geliefert hat), ist klar, daß es eine Grillparty werden wird. Vermutlich Anfang/Mitte Juni. Deine Flickr-Bilder finde ich super; bin immer wieder begeistert von Deinen Bild-Titeln! Beste Grüße, auch an Nora & die Kids

  3. Peer says:

    Ja, die Titel fand ich auch super :-)