I haven't been around for a month, as I have been going through a small but perfectly formed crisis in confidence in my photography. It suddenly felt like a bit of a waste of time as I found myself disliking almost everything I shot. I didn't feel happy uploading stuff that seemed so very underwhelming, so I took a step back for a while.
These shots of lavender were taken in a garden in the very pretty village of Westcot in Oxfordshire. Three beautiful gardens were open to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. They were all very pretty, and horticulturally inspiring.
It's a shame you can't all smell it through your screen(s) - it gave off the most wonderful scent.
At the weekend I met up with one of my Flickr contacts - Mr Woolyboy (he has some amazing landscapes on his photo stream) to show him some Oxfordshire countryside from The Ridgeway. Whilst he, very professionally, used two cameras and a tripod, I wandered around, knelt on the ground, tramped amongst stinging nettles and leaned over barbed wire fences taking shots here, there and everywhere. It was really interesting to see how a landscape photographer 'works', and gave me some insight into why my landscapes aren't too impressive!
I would love to find and photograph a 'real' poppy field. No luck so far, but I liked the way these few poppies had managed to seed themselves and grow amongst the ripening wheat (or is it corn?) on the farmland adjacent to where we were. One of my 'leaning over a barbed wire fence' shots!