Poppies On Newly Turned Earth

Unprocessed poppies on newly turned soil

In the park near our house the Council planted some trees. It is a long term plan because there are already probably one hundred or more trees in the park.

Some trees are nearer to the end of their lives than the beginning. So in due course, the newly planted trees will grow to dominate the scene.

At the same time, both this year and last the Council left an area to grow wild. It is separate from other areas of the park where they sowed wildflowers. They left this area to just do its thing.

And in this area that they left to grow wild, the only place that poppies have grown is where the soil was turned for the tree they planted there.

Which reminds me, and probably many, many others, of the poppies of Flanders, when after the artillery had turned the land to mud and the battle was over, the poppies grew in the newly turned soil.

And here is a version of the photo that I made where I overlaid the image with a photo of misty clouds and then blended in Photoshop. The darker mood seems to suit the idea of poppies on the battlefield.

poppies on newly turned soil

The camera I used to shoot this is an Olympus E-PL8 with the 14-42mm kit lens. I bought the camera to test whether I can shoot comfortably with a camera that does not have a viewfinder but only a rear LCD.

The answer is no, I need/want a camera that is about as small but that has a viewfinder. There are a couple of reasons for that and the biggest is that on a sunny day it is impossible to see the image in the LCD.

The other reason I need/want a viewfinder is that I like to be sure exactly where my focus point is, and LCDs don’t lend themselves to that.

So I sold on the camera, but I do like the richness of the colours. They remind me of the colours in the photos of Robin Wong who shoots with Olympus cameras.


The newly planted tree is Pinus pinea, which is commonly known as the stone pine, also known as the umbrella pine. It is native to Southern Europe and the Middle East, and it can reach 15-20m (45-50ft), so not a big tree by the standards of some of the trees in the part. That said, in this climate and latitude, perhaps it will grow taller, looking for the illusive light.

Fuji X-T2 and Nikon D500 Comparison

I took one of these photos with the Fuji X-T2 and the other with the Nikon D500. I had the 35mm f1.8 lens on the Nikon and the 18-55mm lens on the Fuji. I set the aperture and ISO to the same setting on both cameras.

The only variable was that I shot the poppy handheld, so I may have leaned forward or backwards a little in one shot compared to the other. That and the fact that the 18-55mm lens on the Fuji is image stabilised.

I don’t think that made any difference because the shutter speed was fast enough to copy with any camera shake.

So I am interested to know whether you have a preference for either of the photos? Personally, I think they are both good for colour accuracy.