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.

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Blissful – Agricultural pasture under blue sky with cumulus clouds

Driving back to Queensland from Victoria, and travelling on Lachlan Valley Way (highway B81) between Cowra and Yass in New South Wales, I noticed a single tree on a hill under a blue sky with cumulus clouds.

It’s always hard to visualise images will concentrating on driving, but drawn to saturated colours, the deep blues and greens instantly caught my eye. Pulling off to the side of the road I let loose with the camera.

The cumulus clouds were formed by a recent storm over the east coast, and the scene reminded me of the image called “Bliss” that was used as the desktop for Windows XP (taken by former National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear).

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