Easter in England – Rape on a distant hillside

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A field of Rape seed oil plants brighten the quiet greens of an English spring. Photographed by Anthony Sargeant while walking along the country lane where he lives yesterday (Easter Saturday, April 15th 2017). just below the Rape field sheep can just be seen as small flecks on the distant hillside grazing on the lush green pasture land which dominates the Shropshire landscape. In the 19th Century poem ‘Home thoughts from abroad’ the 19th Century Robert Browning wrote ‘Oh to be in England now that April’s there’ – today he would be surprised by the bright yellow fields of Rape which are a late 20th Century introduction to the English landscape.

“Oh to be in England now that April’s there”

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Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from the bedroom window of his Shropshire (UK) home at about 7 am this morning, 16th April 2016. He doesn’t think this was quite what Robert Browning was thinking of when he wrote ‘Home thoughts from abroad’