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. © Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.