Spring Fields in Charlton Down

Field boundary hedgerows and tree dividing fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape crop

The countryside around Charlton Down this April is a landscape of rolling hills covered by a brightly coloured patchwork of flowering oilseed rape fields contrasting with spring wheat, each patch separated from the next by boundaries of ancient field hedgerows and trees with branches just springing into life.

Fields of yellow oilseed rape crop growing around the Dorset village of Charlton Down in the English countryside

Green and yellow springtime fields in the Dorset landscape, England.

Contrasting fields of green wheat and yellow rapeseed flowers

Hedgerow and tree separating fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape in the English countryside

Rural view from a wooded valley of yellow flowering rapeseed on the hillside

Rural springtime view in the Dorset landscape

Farming country around Charlton Down in spring

Field boundary hedgerows and tree dividing fields of yellow flowering oilseed rape crop

Changes with the seasons – The Stile

Rural view with stile in summer on the Cerne Valley Trail, Dorset, England.

I’ve been recording the changes that come with season and weather as I walk along the Cerne Valley Trail in Dorset, England. The horse chestnut tree by the stile in these photographs is a convenient marker to illustrate the transition from bare branches of winter to full foliage in summer. Already, by September, the leaves are turning brown getting ready to fall. It is not only the tree that shows the changes but the ground cover vegetation, and the crops in the fields.

Spring Foliage in Cape Breton 1

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

Spring was just arriving during my visit to Nova Scotia in May. The leaves on the deciduous trees had only recently begun to open. The hillsides in Cape Breton looked fabulous as the fresh golden foliage dusted the bare trees and provided vivid contrast to the grey branches and dark green conifers.

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton

The golden green colour of newly opening leaves on hillside trees in Cape Breton