Field of flowers at Ashford, North Devon

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This is a pic of a field on the hills above Ashford here in North Devon, taken last summer. The flowers are of a crop called Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia in Latin) but also known as Blue Tansy or Purple Tansy. I call it a crop as farmers know it as a type of "green manure". It's grown purely to cover the bare soil or to be ploughed straight back into the soil before it flowers. Lots of people grow it as a normal flower however as bees love it. The problem with photographing wild flowers as a swathe, rather than in close up, is that you have to have as much depth of field as possible, hence a low shutter speed and the biggest hindrance is always wind.

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