Land of Green and Yellow

August 02, 2012


Photographer: John Adam; John's Web site
Summary Author: John Adam
When I was growing up in England several decades ago, I never saw bright yellow fields; even wheat fields were more golden in color. But in recent years more and more of these fields have appeared. Increasing areas of farmland are now being devoted to growing rapeseed (Brassica napus), with their brilliant yellow flowers. The reason being is that oil from rapeseed is commonly sold as the main ingredient in vegetable oil -- used both in the home and in food production (Canola is a brand of edible rapeseed developed in Canada). Similar crops in other countries have been damaged by severe frosts and the demand for rapeseed oil has increased, especially from India and China. It’s also seen as important in the health food industry; rapeseed oil contains less saturated fat and has far more omega-3 fatty acids than olive oil, and it also contains vitamin E. Photograph taken in late May 2012 near the town of Foulk Stapleford, Chester, U.K. 

Photo details: Camera Maker: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.; Camera Model: SP570UZ; Focal Length: 43.09mm; Aperture: f/5.0; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 64; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Creative Program (based towards depth of field); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows.