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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2015 – The Year in Review

2015 has been a busy year of exploration, with several road trips between North Queensland and Victoria.  Taking a different route along the Australian East Coast for each road trip, I have enjoyed travelling through the rural areas and outback Australia, adding to my agricultural photography collection during my journey.

Some to the highlights of my 2015 photography year include:-

Canola Crops

One of my goals this year was to photograph more canola crops, that are prevalent between Victoria and central New South Wales, and in full flower around September.

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