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Colours of April

It was a cloudy morning. I was not sure if I would go out for a walk again with my camera in this weather. You can’t expect much.

Last night, I was web-searching for locations near my home where you can find fields of oilseed rape (Brassica napus). I want to add those sceneries of ‘yellow carpets’ to my photo collection this year. I discovered that quite a few places are close to each other. That is about 40 minutes’ driving from home. Then I found one photo with a google map showing its exact location. How we immensely appreciate this modern technology!

After my breakfast, I was drinking my cup of coffee as usual around ten o’clock as I turned the pages of the road-map to trace the route to this place. It was a familiar one as I have been to the near-by winery several times. I decided to go. The forecast said it will rain tomorrow. Then I have no choice.

When I arrived, I noticed that the name of the parking area was different but I did not take much notice. The scenery from the hillside, looking over the valley was spectacular although the dull gray sky does not bring out the colours and brightness of April in the pictures.

Then the clouds broke and the sun came out. How can I forget, this is England. You have the four seasons in a day! I ran back to the point I chose earlier as the best spot for my valley-view pictures. The pouring of sunshine was only brief and did not sweep all the shadows off the ground but gave me a chance to take this photo (see above).

The rest of the day, I was in the woods and fields of this common but I could not come across the ‘yellow carpet’. When I returned home and checked the map again, I realised that I had to drive further to the next car park. But if I did so, I would not have found this unforgettable hillside view.

As I said yesterday, one can not control everything in life. In fact, it may even be somewhat exciting and rewarding if you’d let some unplanned and accidental events be some elements to your life?

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