As many of you know England can be a very grey and dreary place but on a pleasant summer’s day it can be a great place to be as can be seen in this photograph. The soft and gentle rolling landscape of farmland gives an idyllic image of life in England. This Shropshire landscape however can be very bleak at other times of the year and especially so for the much undervalued British farmer. I’m a city dweller but I have a lot of sympathy for the small farmer, especially those that don’t own their land and despite the protestations of the supermarkets they are making life very difficult for them. The UK’s farming industry often has the highest rate of suicide and highest rate of accidents and therefore we need to press the supermarkets to pay fairly for what they buy. At the moment this is simply not the case. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
It is not often, or not where we drive anyway, that you find some graffiti on the road itself as was the case this day when we took this photograph at a road junction in Shropshire. Since we were out in the lanes and far from the nearest village or town, presumably the artist had just been driving around with a pot of paint or two and decided that here was going to be the spot. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
England can be a truly amazing place if you can get away from the large cities of little boxes that people live in. Let’s face it we are never going to win any architecture prizes for the little brick huts that they call homes here when you look at Europe and the way they preserve their cities. Whereas we tear ours down and build all over the beautiful countryside. Once you can get away from all those monstrosities of recent planning you might be able to find a place like this. The photo was taken near Much Wenlock in Shropshire on what is Wenlock Edge, a long wooded escarpment that was once a coral reef. We were walking along the edge one Spring day and we noticed this path of garlic plants between the trees. It took two of us to take the photograph because the clouds were moving so quickly across the sky so I waited for the clouds to part momentarily before indicating that this was the moment to take the photo. You can see more of our work on the Junagarh Flickr site or on our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk. All of our photographs are available in a range of formats and this one as a blank greeting card as well. So don’t forget other cards like these.