Field of A Wondrous Blue

Flax Linum usitatissimum

The air was heavy and hot as thunderstorms roamed the land. I rounded a bend near the river and a space opened up in the greenery by a huge old oak tree. Beyond was such a vision I had never seen before. A field of blue. Pastel blue. So much blue it was as if the sky above had fragmented and fell to earth. It took my breath away …

Flax Linum usitatissimum

Of course it wasn’t the sky but cultivated Flax Linum usitatissimum, or Linseed as it is also called.

Flax Linum usitatissimum

Flax Linum usitatissimum

May 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.

37 thoughts on “Field of A Wondrous Blue

  1. They are gorgeous aren’t they? Don’t see fields of linseed all that often. I remember one alongside the M1 / M18 right next to a field of rapeseed that used to take my breath away. Such lovely contrasting colours.

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  2. I’m breathless with you Pete. “So much blue it was as if the sky above had fragmented and fell to earth. It took my breath away …” Beautiful photos and beautiful writing, what a wonderful thought! You’re such a poet!

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  3. What a glorious sight that is (and beautifully photographed too).
    We’re all used to various yellow flowering crops, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a field of blue.

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  4. The 3rd pictures is so beautiful Pete,You had the right angle and the flower, situated slightly left of the picture’s centre has so much detail and the right colours. Well done!

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