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.
Anthony J Sargeant thought the reader might like the alliteration – they look like snowdrops but flower slightly later in early spring in England (today is 2nd April 2017). It has been a beautiful Spring day. (Spring Snowflakes – Leucojum vernum)
Spring is Sprung in Shropshire – Anthony Sargeant, Tony, took this photograph in the late afternoon of 30th March 2017. It shows the bank and hedgerow which forms the boundary of his Shropshire Home. The lane that runs past the house has many escapees from domestic gardens including daffodils but also a profusion of wild native hedgerow flowers. In the field opposite the ewes and their lambs can be seen.
The lanes around the Shropshire home of Anthony Sargeant are full of snowdrops at this time of the year. There is a story locally that a man in the 19th century went walking aound the lanes from his home in Morville planting snowdrops wherever he went. Whether true or not the snowdrop display of drifts of white along the roadside are sensational. The flowers in this clump have just reflexed out to reveal the delicately green tinged corona. This photograph was taken of a clump of snowdrops in the lane close to the house on 19th February 2017.
Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of the lambs in the field next to his Shropshire home on Sunday 19th February 2017. The house is surrounded by pasture land for sheep and it is wonderful to see the arrival of new lambs. Spring is approaching and the days are getting longer and warmer as the month goes on.
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from the garden of his Shropshire home on a fine Spring day. On the southern flank of Wenlock Edge there is a bright splash of colour among the sheep pastures – where a field of yellow flowering rape punctuates the green of the sheep pastures. May 16th 2016.