A Better Perspective

Just before lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/04/29/a-knights-tale-129-waiting-on-barbados-part-two/

After lunch we took the Barnes Lane route to Milford on Sea pharmacy where ferns unfurled by the roadside.

Afterwards we continued into the forest

On Lymore Lane Jackie parked beside this field of golden oilseed rape flanked by dandelions and cow parsley. Once I had produced my images, in search of a better perspective, she climbed onto a concrete post designed to prevent infiltrating vehicles, and produced the final entry into this gallery, with its strip of housing, trees, and telegraph wires.

Many of our centuries old lanes have high banked verges gouged out over many years. Those beside Lower Sandy Down are no exceptions. Here ferns and bluebells scale the slopes and settle in fields and woodland beyond.

Just outside Brockenhurst a bovine trio basked in the warming sunshine casting long shadows.

For dinner this evening Becky produced another sitting of Jackie’s sausages in red wine, with her own creamy mashed potato, and fresh firm broccoli. This was followed by apple pie and cream. My wife drank Hoegaarden, I drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon, and our daughter drank Diet Coke. Our granddaughter abstained.


  1. It is so good to see your wonderful photos of the rapeseed flowers – such a happy, bright colour. Let’s hope that crop is used to ease the cooking oil shortage – and that life settles for those who produce so much of it for the world.

  2. The oilseed rape is a sight to behold.. we have many fields near by too… Wonderful images as always and smiled at Jackie’s extension camera work 🙂

  3. We once lived for a couple of years next to a field of oilseed rape and the effect it had on our hayfever and other bouts of coughing and spluttering was quite spectacular.

  4. Such gorgeous photos, Jackie and Derrick! The golds, greens, blues, and browns of nature make for a joyous, hope-filled day! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS….Jackie, so smart to take a step up to capture your beautiful subjects! 🙂

  5. Nice one, Jackie. Many good photos are taken that way. I often hold my camera outside the car window and just snap away while Norm drives. – After I wrap the strap around my wrist of course.

    1. Thanks very much, Lavinia. I don’t think we have meadow foam which seems to be native to America. I’ve no idea how this comment got into moderation

      1. If you ever come across any of the meadowfoam honey, try this for an ethereal dessert. Take a small wheel of soft ripened cheese like goat cheese, and spread the honey across the top like frosting. Now take roasted hazelnuts and adorn the honey frosting like sugar sprinkles on a cupcake. Slice like cake. Sauterne is a great wine to serve with this dessert. I suppose any of the lighter, more flowery tasting honeys would work too, though there is nothing quite like meadowfoam honey.

  6. I adore photos along Barnes Lane route where ferns unfurled by the roadside and the tunnel effect of the overhanging trees Derrick ..

  7. Jackie’s quest for alternate perspectives reminds me of my endeavours undertaken at the beginning of my days as a hobby photographer, an obsession eventually abandoned. She has, unlike me however, produced images of consequence. Rapeseed fields contrasted by azure skies present a veritable mine of opportunities; addition of interesting foreground or distant elements add further charm to the frame. Meandering woodland roads banked by trees and verges are an endearing feature of your blog.

  8. They call it “Canola oil” here, as it’s largely a Canadian product, and “rapeseed oil” sounds vicious. When I live, sunflowers are grown for their oil and the seeds, too. They make a lovely field to pass as well.

  9. As I can’t comment when on the web, which is where I read the linked blog post, why did ‘The Gleaners’ cause such a stir?

    1. Because the artist portrayed the lower classes in such a sympathetic light. Gleaners were picking up what had been left behind to make a tittle money. Thanks very much Helen

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