I re-visited this poppy field in Chartham Downs, Kent as I was rained off on the first visit.

The pink poppies in the foreground really were that colour. It’s unusual to see more than the odd one or two in amongst the red.

Having run into the man who takes care of the land I learned that the purple flowers are wild lupin. Both the poppies and the lupin are sown for the sole purpose of providing the young pheasants with seed to keep them from straying far.


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  • kenmatcham
    kenmatchamabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful colours Alice, excellent image.

  • Thank you Ken, it’s one of my favourites

    – Alice Gosling

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 3 years ago

    Lovely shot, really liked the splashes of pink and blue, and the accompanying write up!

  • Thanks Felicity. Knew I had to frame them up as soon as I saw them. Used wide angle lens so that I could include the wild lupins on either side

    – Alice Gosling

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 3 years ago

    Well this field has come on so much in the last week Alice. Very interesting to know the reason for planting them. I assume the ground keeper was ok with you both in the field?

    Love the pink poppies and that lupin is really springing out from the carpet of red now as well.

  • Groundsman was fine with it, just checking what we were up to. He was very friendly indeed. Apparently they spray the field soon then they all turn black and the seeds drop. We got about 2 weeks before that happens.

    – Alice Gosling

  • Chris Vincent
    Chris Vincentabout 3 years ago

    Excellent. Summer is here.

  • Thanks very much Chris

    – Alice Gosling

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your WONDERFUL image is being FEATURED in the group,
    “Your Country’s Best!!”

  • Thank you so much for the feature :D

    – Alice Gosling

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethabout 3 years ago

    Wonderous!!! Kudos!

  • thanks very much Marian

    – Alice Gosling

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous and beautiful image !

  • thank you so much Carlos

    – Alice Gosling

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful place. Lovely capture.

  • Thanks Wanda. it is quite magical in the right light with the red carpet.

    – Alice Gosling

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaabout 3 years ago


  • thank you Angie

    – Alice Gosling

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • thanks very much Ann

    – Alice Gosling

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