Facts about the image, Poppy in Rape Field near Atcham
During the exceptionally wet spring and early summer of 2012 there were brief periods of dramatic light, at times a small break in the heavy clouds would pick out individual buildings and parts of the landscape. These shafts of light force the photographer to work quickly, on this occasion I was able to capture this poppy in a field near Atcham by Shrewsbury.
The poppy is best known for its association with armistice day, when the guns fell silent at the end of the first world war the soldiers noticed the poppy flowers amongst all the carnage and since then the flower has been adopted as sign of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in military conflicts around the world. During the summer months you will see many of these flowers in the Shropshire hedgerows and around the fields here the red of the poppy contrasts beautifully with the yellow rape flowers which are becoming and increasingly important crop.
Although abundant in the crop fields of Shropshire, most farmers consider poppies to be weeds that they would rather not have unlike their counterparts in parts of central Asia who see the poppies as a major crop in their own right. Unloved by farmers these colourful plants have long been loved by artists and visitors to the countryside for their colourful flowers.