Taken in a field nearby Banbury-
Once considered a specialty crop in Canada, canola has become a major North American cash crop. Canada and the United States produce between 7 and 10 million tonnes of canola seed per year. Annual Canadian exports total 3 to 4 million tonnes of the seed, 800,000 tonnes of canola oil and 1 million tonnes of canola meal. The United States is a net consumer of canola oil. The major customers of canola seed are Japan, Mexico, China and Pakistan, while the bulk of canola oil and meal goes to the United States, with smaller amounts shipped to Mexico, China, and Europe. World production of rapeseed oil in the 2002–2003 season was about 14 million metric tons. In the 2010-2011 season, world production is estimated to be at 58.4 million tonnes.
Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization. The word “rape” in rapeseed comes from the Latin word “rapum,” meaning turnip. Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard and many other vegetables are related to the two canola varieties commonly grown, which are cultivars of Brassica napus and Brassica rapa. The negative associations due to the homonym “rape” resulted in creation of the more marketing-friendly name “canola.” The change in name also serves to distinguish it from regular rapeseed oil, which has much higher erucic acid content.
Hundreds of years ago, Asians and Europeans used rapeseed oil in lamps. The Chinese and Indians used a form of canola oil that was unrefined (natural). As time progressed, people employed it as a cooking oil and added it to foods. Its use was limited until the development of steam power, when machinists found rapeseed oil clung to water- or steam-washed metal surfaces better than other lubricants. World War II saw high demand for the oil as a lubricant for the rapidly increasing number of steam engines in naval and merchant ships. When the war blocked European and Asian sources of rapeseed oil, a critical shortage developed and Canada began to expand its limited rapeseed production.
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batalay (39557) 2011-04-18 15:52
Fascinating note, complementing an excellent photo. Somehow I would not have expected this scene in Banbury, but then, what do I know of Banbury other than the "Banbury Cross?" The view is somewhat reminiscent of the Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World. The shed can be seen in the distance, but Christina has somehow been lost in the deep rapeseed.
InasiaJones (31566) 2011-04-18 18:10
Flowery fields are photogenic enough to be the subject of many photos on TE, but you've created a nice personal version with a clever twist, featuring these two tracks that amplify the perception of depth, while creating leading lines into the composition.
I appreciate the high demarcation between the yellow field and the other part of the landscape.
Sonata11 (33969) 2011-04-18 18:34
interesting note. Thank you,
Fantastic picture of canola fields. They have a beautiful flowers. Well done.
All the best,
emka (102638) 2011-04-18 19:33
Fine picture of canola fields, it looks more interesting with these two line. Fine sharpness. Such fields look very attractive but I am not sure if I like that there are more and more of them. It means the diversity is less, like with oil palms. Nice warm colours of the photo.
Warm regards from Warsaw
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-04-18 22:29
Hi Richard, Welcome back, Great photo and informative note of this Rapeseed, it has good depth, and colour down the tractor track, Cheers Iain.
besnard (56798) 2011-04-18 22:50
Une belle image printanière agréable au regard avec ce champ de colza et les deux ornières qui conduisent le regard et donnent de la profondeur à l'image.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-04-18 22:53
Hello Richard - Rape fields begin to dominate the English countryside in springtime, massed yellow flowers are certainly photogenic. I like your shot for a couple of reason; your POV shows off the undulating "lay of the land" very well, the tracks into the flowers add good structure and the barn adds extra interest and context. Enjoy the springtime! Best wishs Rosemary
romanaa (7998) 2011-04-18 23:22
it seems Spring runs much faster in England than here.
Nice lines in the sea of yellow and interesting note.
Best regards and HAFD
annjackman (21901) 2011-04-19 0:31
An excellent picture of this field and you have managed to include the tracks which both take the eye into the picture and give a 'design' to the yellow field. I see that you are taking advantage of the glorious weather at the moment. The bluebells are early this year so I have been photographing them already.
Kind Regards, Ann
siudzi (34141) 2011-04-19 1:15
These lines on the yellow field are really great composed. Very interesting and eye-catching effect. Good idea and its execution. Thanks for sharing.
siamesa (28123) 2011-04-19 5:08
Bom dia Richard
A photo full of colors and lights. Splendid capture with a high quality.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-04-19 8:47
this beautiful field of daisies, interrupted by two lines, excellent yield.
nikkitta (17066) 2011-04-19 19:30
Very interesting note for a great shot, a very European landscape
Great and creative way to present this shot with the two tracks deep in the Canola
Greetings from Argentina
dkmurphys (62053) 2011-04-20 8:47
Very picturesque crop trails. A picturesque color composition. Well seen.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-04-20 10:58
Ola Richard ,
Lindos estes caminhos no meio deste campo de flores, a profundidade de foto ficou fantástica , bonitos tons de amarelo , primavera dá belas fotos, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jaywalker (16105) 2011-04-23 0:06
Hi Richard, What a well composed & seen photo, this simple scene has created a super piece of work, the lines break the picture beautifully & the clear blue sky allows for the light to shine through wonderfully, TFS & I hope we can meet up soon, kind regards Wilson.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-04-23 0:20
a shot that goes besides the naturalistic release. the light that has illuminated the yellow of the flowers has made the traces left on the field more mysterious. my compliments for the effective frame!