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Canola Heaven…

by on Jun.07, 2016, under Life, Photography

We were heading inland now taking a side trip to visit my uncle in the heart of Western Australia’s farming belt. I’d often wanted to photograph the sweeping hills of Canola flowers when in season in western NSW but it looked like my first chance was coming up here in WA.

Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilisation as a fuel. The word “rape” in rapeseed comes from the Latin word rapum meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, brussel sprouts, mustard, and many other vegetables are related to the two natural canola varieties commonly grown.

It wasn’t long before the hills were bright golden with the flowering plants and as I was driving at the time I was able to pull over briefly to take a few shots – some quick handheld work tho unfortunately.

Canola Gold

Canola Gold

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 170 mm, 1/200 sec at f/13, ISO 450 x 16 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

The image above is actually a handheld stitched panorama composed of sixteen (16) overlapping vertical frames taken whilst standing on a branch up in a tree overlooking this field :).

Canola Happy

Canola Happy

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 170 mm, 1/200 sec at f/9, ISO 2500

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