I was lucky enough to photograph this ploughing scene a couple of days ago. I’d never seen a field being ploughed in close-up before – the tractor driver was very tolerant of someone getting in the way in order to photograph his work. This scene is a reminder of how quickly the year goes by and how soon each Season changes to the next. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was photographing young Barley and marvelling at its glorious red and green colour. Now it’s all gone – harvested and stored and the stubble here is being ploughed in ready for the next crop.
According to the Met Office here in the UK, today is the last day of Summer; Autumn begins tomorrow. Personally, though, I feel Autumn started a couple of weeks ago – earlier than I felt last year’s Autumn begin.
Apparently – according to the Met Office – we’ve had the coolest Summer in the UK since the early 1990s. For me, it’s also been the greyest. I looked back at my images for August and the predominant colours seem to be greys and dark blues; there hasn’t been that much sunshine.
I’m not complaining though; we had our Summer in Spring this year. From the end of March to the beginning of Festival Season in June, we had warm, dry and sunny weather – at least in the South of England anyway. I have felt for a few years that the Seasons are shifting: Spring plants are surfacing in the Winter; hot and dry weather is occuring in the Spring; and wet, dull and windy weather is occuring is Summer. Something strange is happening in Winter too. We’d had many years of mild winters but the last three have been very harsh indeed with prolonged sub-zero temperatures and snow.
Looking around at trees and shrubs at the moment, many are heavil-laden with berries – a sign of a harsh Winter to come. I wondered how plants know there will be a harsh Winter, and Midge suggested that maybe plants have a type of memory where they recall the conditions leading up to certain conditions in the previous year and provide as needed. We’ll see. If this Winter is another harsh one then Midge’s theory could be judged to be correct.