Blushing Fields


A swathe of shockingly vibrant poppies. Taken from the window of a steam train along the Severn Valley Railway. The shadow play of the clouds upon the field make for a particularly dramatic effect, as do the red of the poppies along the line of the hedgerow.

The route, from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, travels through particularly scenic countryside, passing through the West Midland counties of rural, yet historically industrial Shropshire and Worcestorshire. Many of the stations along the line are kept in superb condition, recalling a 1940s England of macaroons and lashings of ginger beer. As an odd detail, wolves, elephants and a pride of lions can also be glimpsed from the train, as it steams through the West Midland Safari Park, just outside Bewdley.

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