Canola Colours of Spring 2016

It’s now November in Australia and spring has come to an end. I often make a trip south from Cairns around spring to photograph the Canola crops (also known as Rapeseed).

The weather this year made photography tricky with a lot of rain and cloud. Many locations required me to spend a week or more in location waiting for a day of clear weather… on the positive side, this helped created more interesting images with clouds in the background.

Another tricky element to photographing Canola is that farmers rotate their crops each year to maintain the soil. Seeing a crop in a field one year does not mean it will be there again the following year.

Some of my favourite areas for Canola images are Junee, Cowra and Lockhart in New South Wales. Good crops can also be found around Cressy in Victoria.

Cowra Area

Some of the interesting towns around Cowra include Molong, Canowindra, Woodstock and Boorowa. Its easy to spend several days exploring the area.

The first image to catch my eye was this year was trees on hill overlooking canola crop under clouds near Morongla (on the way to Boorowa).

This year one large field of canola near the small town of Woodstock grabbed my attention, and I spent a couple of days taking images of it from different angles.

Lockhart Area

Another area that held my interest was the small town of Milbrulong, where I have seen great crops over the last few years.

Junee Area

Junee often has good Canola crops, but this year the weather tested my patience.

(Note:- if you are ever in Junee, check out the Licorice and Chocolate Factory)

Cressy Area

The Cressy area has also been a good location for crops in the past, so I also spend a bit of time in this area.

This has been a small sample of my Canola crop images for 2016. More images can be found in my Agricultural Images collection.

Some videos of Canola crops can also be found in my Agricultural Video collection.

Carl Chapman