I had the just the best time yesterday spending a couple of hours at the Lavender Fields with an hour spent with a wonderful lady from Camera and Cake. Poor Tina had the unenviable task of trying to help me take my lovely SLR off auto mode and trying to help me take better photos. I have to say that she was absolutely brilliant and filled me with inspiration and also hope that I can take more creative photos. You can’t ask for more than that
Apart from the photography session I also listened to a fascinating talk about the history of the farm and how they had to diversify to survive.
It makes me little sad to see a farm without animals (the farms I knew as a child always had animals) but then it is great that the farm is thriving and that these big open fields are being looked after.
The fields I was taking photos in are not the fields that they actually harvest from but a show area where they grow a selection of the lavender varieties they harvest for oils etc. plus lots of different wild flowers. It was jam packed with people, some just wandering up and down and others like myself mesmerised by the photographic possibilities.
The fields were teaming with bees and butterflies. This one, I think, is a small tortoiseshell.
There was a row of gorgeous poppies.
So reminiscent of the WW1 battlefields.
There were the most amazing rows of cornflowers.
I have never seem so many colours. They ranged from the palest blue through to the deepest purple.
And there were gorgeous yellow flowers which I don’t have a name for.
I could have spent hours here trying things out with my camera but a yummy ploughman’s and a cream tea was calling so I dragged myself away. No picture of that though as my greedy gene appeared before I could take a photo I really would recommend paying a visit whether you like photography or whether you just want to see an uplifting sea of colour. If you do want to learn more about using your camera like I said at the start, Tina is a great teacher.