At the weekend I was out and about in Dorset when, by chance, I spotted a field that had a distinctly blue tinge to it. Straight away I recognised the crop as Flax (Linum usitatissimum), also known as common flax or linseed. Now a field of beautiful blue Dorset linseed flowers is something that I’ve been searching for for several years now, but somehow I always seemed to miss. 

Having found this rather hidden gem, which couldn’t easily be seen from the road, I spent an hour or so wandering around the perimeter of the field marvelling at the ‘sea’ of blue flowered flax, with the wind making it look just like a crescendo of blue waves.

Field of blue flowered flax (common flax or linseed), Dorset

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The next day and again, completely by chance, I had another amazing find: a field of Red Campion (Silene dioica).  I’d never seen a field like this before and only just spotted it as I was driving.

As I was taking my shots a couple turned up and the guy started taking photos of the woman, who was sitting amongst the Campion flowers.

A while later I noticed they kept looking at me as I took my photos. Then the realisation dawned… they wanted me to go.  As I packed my gear away and walked up the hill I looked back. The woman was now topless (at least), posing for more photos. 

Field of red campion flowers (Silene dioica) in Dorset

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