The Olive Grove

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In this olive grove of dusky light

My heart sails out in this world so bright

The soft pinks of poppies to me are a treat

Making this image for you quite complete.

ps -view full screen for maximum indulgence!

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Comments (17)

Ewa_K on May 21, 2012

What a delicate and soft view:)) Like

Steve Paxton on May 21, 2012

herb i see we both put a photo on not sure which i like best your classical view or my simplistic view with its classical elements. i know of no better view really than poppies. have people forgotten like is just a term Y* is far better and more of a keeper. Yep full screen is best stunning.. steve

trikermike on May 21, 2012

Simple poppies

in the grassy bed

ther is nothing as good

when you are in the Med!

_Well maybe a retzina or two and some olives and cheese, a bit of greek bread and haloomi- maybe a beer, some pickled peppers and salad and a coffee to end-

just a moment please, I have to go o o O OOOOOO!

Andy Rodker on May 21, 2012

Delightful scene! Like. best wishes, Andy

stargazerherman on May 22, 2012

Beautiful shot! Really like the mood of it. Just curious - what gives it the "gauzy" texture - almost like looking through screen or something? Effect, or just lucky?

Herb Riddle on May 22, 2012

Ewa. Steve, Mike, Andy and Herman, great to see you all here again admiring this latest photo in comments and prose. This was the view from my apartment (just beyond the path), in the morning. (The exif is two hours slow here). The low coming sun seemed to be indeed very soft through these olive tree leaves and long grasses onto the just opened poppies. My aim was to try to capture that what I saw. HDR was the answer, Herman!

Best wishes to you all and thanks for the awards too, Herb

sonjamar on May 22, 2012




AnneliesMacro&More on May 30, 2012

Wonderful scene, i like the beauty of the olivetrees and lovely poppy meadow!

Best wishes, Annelies

Karen James on June 2, 2012

Oh My! this is what it's all about, when I saw this image or shall I say a painting, (because it reminds me so), I melted, this is dream photography, Herb in landscape, the shadows of dapple shade brings this to life, and the poppies are the finishing touch for me, this is beautiful work, Ys and like5.

Warm Wishes,


Herb Riddle on June 2, 2012

Sonja, Annelise great to see you both again, liking this fresh olive pasture scene. Thanks for your trip and comments.

Karen, I do not get too many visits from you nowadays, and I can quite understand why with your many photographic finterest and successes, as I have the same problem albeit without the successes! Your comment here, spoken from your heart, gives me untold pleasure. You inspire me to carry on looking for, and creating this kind of scene. One that, I could live with for some time. The nice thing is, as I knelt here to take this shot, it really did set my heart on fire too. Special thanks for the awards.

Best wishes to you all, Herb

J.T.H on June 3, 2012

Very beautiful countryside, excellent photo!


Best wishes, Tamás

Erik van den Ham on June 5, 2012

Perfect capture of the Mediterranean dreamy mood. Paint me a picture that tells more than a thousand words and takes me on a journey to where beauty lives. Unspoiled, unknown and recently undiscovered. YSL

Best wishes, Erik

Herb Riddle on June 6, 2012

Tamás, nice to see you again. Very happy that you like this one.

Erik, your presence and comments always bring a smile to my face It seems that you see this scene akin to Karen and myself. This grove belonged to and was very close to our apartments but fortunately the owners had left it like this -looking perfectly natural. Each of our six mornings we ate breakfast, on our little veranda, and saw this dappled soft light. Must be something to do with the fine olive tree leaves? The opened poppies are a sheer bonus.

Best wishes to you both, Herb

Ирина Лапис on December 2, 2012

May be it is the same olive tree and poppies? for me it is also very sweet memories of my time in Greece. Thank you, Herb, for them. Greetings from cold Sankt-Petersburg, Irina

Herb Riddle on December 2, 2012

Irena, many thanks for this visit to your own Olive trees and poppies. Very happy you arrived here and this also bring back pleasant memories for you. (I some others in my gallery of this same trip to Skiathos).

Regards from a cold Oldham (-2C), Herb

other1_f on February 25, 2013

I think Monet would have been gelous of your work :) Like

Herb Riddle on February 26, 2013

Elena, you Honour Me! with such fine comments. Thank you so much.

best wishes, Herb

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Herb Riddle
    • Camera: E-410
    • Taken on 2012/05/09 06:25:43
    • Exposure: 0.006s
    • Focal Length: 42.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100