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The recent hosepipe ban in parts of southern England was closely followed by more rain than we’ve had for a long time – in fact, it’s probably the wettest drought in memory!

The dull days are just that – dull. But the showery days are wonderful with incredible skies, racing shadows and beautifully saturated colours creating fantastic opportunities for great pictures as long as you can dodge the showers. As usual, I seem to have been struggling to juggle life’s everyday commitments as well as squeeze in some photography but managed to grab an hour or so yesterday to capture this scene, just off the A303 heading west. We seem to have an abundance of Rape being grown in these parts again, I’m not sure it’s too good for the wheat stocks but it does look like cultivated sunshine and is very striking against a stormy sky. Unfortunately, the incredibly black skies were behind me so couldn’t feature in my photograph, however they did contribute to the making of it by encouraging my decision to go for a quick ‘grab’ shot before getting drenched and merge two RAW conversions later in Photoshop. I hope the finished result brightens up a dull day!

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

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