The Photo Of The Month Calendar is a year round gallery of selected nature images and stories with contributions from fellow photographers and friends.
When it comes to nature photography, it's not only those fascinating tales of high adventure that often accompany talent and skill for a fabulous result. If a picture is truly worth more than a thousand words then a well-timed shot, or a well framed one, can say just as much about you as a photographer too! So if you'd like to showcase one of your pictures here, free for one calendar month with a short story on how you managed to come by it, then this page is for you.
This photo was taken on a sunny summer evening in early July. A former arable field had been left unsown as it was earmarked for a housing development, and was a blaze of poppies growing on the bare soil. I was hoping to photograph the poppies in the evening sun and tried to capture the sun shining through the red petals, as well as showing something of the bristly stems and the seedheads characteristic of this poppy species. This is the common poppy which is still a common arable weed, often appearing on soil disturbed after ploughing and cultivation. They can be found in flower through much of the summer, but there are very few poppies still flowering in the autumn. The association of poppies with Remembrance Day dates back to the poem 'In Flanders Fields', written by John McCrae in May 1915 after he saw how quickly poppies appeared on the disturbed soil around the graves of soldiers killed in the second Battle of Ypres.