At the end of June I was coming down the Blandford bypass from the Sunrise roundabout when I spotted a different coloured field above Durweston. I had to go and investigate and in the afternoon I went up with Tilly to Norton woods, which the field borders and discovered it was a field of pale pink Poppies. The farm where they are grown is the farm where I was born, at Traveller’s Rest.

I know the area quite well and knew the best place to be for the sunrise. So I had to be up early the next day as it was just past the longest day and Summer solstice. I think I left home around 4.15am to get there and walk to where I wanted to take my images and set up my tripod and check the lighting etc. Tilly was quite happy to come along for a walk at that time.

It was lovely and quiet and I got myself set up with my tripod and also my Lee soft graduated filters to balance the dark land with the bright sky and took a few practice shots before the sun came over the horizon. I was glad I made the effort it was so nice watching the sun peep over the horizon and soon climb in the sky.

I was pleased with the images but wished for a little cloud in the sky, but what I liked most was the sunlight shining on the Poppies and picking out the hairs on the stems. I didn’t get back again to take more images as the Poppy flowers are very fleeting and soon over, but I was lucky to catch them more or less at their peak.

Tilly was very patient and after the sunrise we both went for a walk round Norton woods.

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Sunrise 05.15
Sunrise 05.20
Sunrise 05.27
Sunrise 05.31
Sunrise 05.37
Towards Durweston
Towards Durweston
Across to Hambledon Hill
Across to Hambledon Hill

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