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Ghosts, Chastity and Haircuts

By Jasper87  
Thought that might get your attention Grin

Lavender is associated with folk magic. Carrying or inhaling lavender was reported to enable one to see ghosts.
A sprig of it carried in combination with a sprig of rosemary was said to preserve chastity. Lavender was also worn as protection against the evil eye.
During Roman times, flowers were sold for 100 denarii per pound, which was about the same as a month’s wages for a farm labourer, or fifty haircuts from the local barber.

My trip to Hitchin Lavender Farm wasn't exactly successful. It is only open on the 12th of each month and on July 12th only a few rows of the English variety were in flower. Our visit also coincided with the visit of a local cub scout pack who found the rows of flowers made excellent running tracks (see v3). v2 is the debut appearance of Mrs Whiterose (aka Tessa) studying the different varieties in the show garden.

v1 - Iso 200, f11, 1/320sec, 70mm on 7D

v2 - Iso 200, f18, 1/50sec, 105mm on 5d3

v3 - Iso 200, f11, 1/80sec, 200mm on 7D


Tags: Flowers and plants Hitchin Lavender

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 7:35AM
belting set dave brilliant colour and detail v3 for me today a stunner nice one Wink

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Jul 2013 7:36AM
An interesting set, Dave, and good to meet Tessa Smile What a shame that person got in your way in V.1 Sad Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
23 Jul 2013 7:38AM
Glad to meet the missus in V2 Smile Three excellent captures Dave and interesting write up too Smile I also like V3 a lot with the excited kids enjoying the abundance Smile
v1 for abstract, v3 excellent reportage shot.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 7:43AM
What a great place for fotaes Dave , Tessa looks remarkably sane TongueTongueTongueWink

ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 7:46AM
V1 and V3 for me here great set..

23 Jul 2013 7:46AM
they are all very beautiful but the one I like the best is v3 with the children running through the lavender. Something like that will stay in their memories forever!
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 7:49AM
Great images Dave, each with their own merits, V1 highlights the lavender and its frequent visitors, V2, as Herman says, nice to meet the Mrs she looks very intent and almost ready to fire off that camera of hers. V3 I think is brilliant. Even though you say your visit was not a total success; the colours here presented are so vibrant.

A sprig of it carried in combination with a sprig of rosemary was said to preserve chastity............. Do you think this still works after the horse has bolted, so to speak GrinGrinGrin I think I might get my son a tonne or two, since he is pregnant yet again.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
23 Jul 2013 7:55AM
SUPERB SET! Love them all, but V1 and V3 make me speechless. Congrats, Dave!
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 7:58AM
Great trio....
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:03AM
Three super images Dave, nice to see Mrs Whiterose making her debut!
23 Jul 2013 8:05AM
Super set Dave, really like V2, like the composition,
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:07AM
v3 for me Dave with all that natural enthusiasm that cubs have
Not what I was expecting today after your trip yesterday WinkWink
23 Jul 2013 8:08AM
I like all of these Dave and the write up was delightful - it looks as though you had a good photo day after all. A
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:12AM
Like all 3 for different reasons: colours, compositions, dof (1 & 3) and of course pleased to meet the Mrs!
Nobody has named the bees in V1 yet Wink
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
23 Jul 2013 8:13AM
Looks like her in V1 also, powerful colours

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 8:21AM
A very interesting and informative intro from yourself, Dave: the use of wide aperture in V 1 is very effective and it's nice to see Mrs. Whiterose in V 2, standing between the rows of different colours.
And what enormously wide plantations of lavender in V 3, the presence of the cub scouts do allow one to appreciate such.
The colours are glorious on this visit, so you timed it well although access is very limited.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
23 Jul 2013 8:22AM
Wow Dave...impressive...GrinGrin beautiful lavender fields and a nice one of your wife...thanks for a great day out yesterday, it was a pleasure meeting you
23 Jul 2013 8:31AM
"lavender blue, dilly dilly....."
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
23 Jul 2013 8:35AM
I don't like Murray..........GrinGrinGrinGrin
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:41AM
Superb set, V1 and V3 my favourites.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
23 Jul 2013 8:42AM
Three Brilliant imagesSmile
23 Jul 2013 8:47AM
quite a show of colour inV1 Dave good to see the long suffering wife without her medals and love v3 simple pleasures in action

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:48AM
Brilliant set Dave.

Versions 1& 3 for me.

Three great captures but I just love the originality of V3. Well done Dave.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Jul 2013 8:52AM
Gotta go with V3 as well Dave. It shows me something I haven't seen before, children and people running amongst the rows. Smile
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:54AM
Hooray for the cubs, v3 is a cracker.Smile

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 8:59AM
A super series of images Dave, like V3 bestSmile

23 Jul 2013 9:02AM
I love v3 - just what rows and boys are for!! Great pictures.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 9:23AM
Brilliant images all of them Dave
internet off and on..really bad today
but V3 gets my UA today
stunning images all
great day yesterday
and still no rain here!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 9:28AM
The vote is definitely for V3, it has charm, humour and action, all beautifully captured.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
23 Jul 2013 9:28AM
Excellent set of images!! V1 and V3 Stunners!!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 9:44AM
Excellent set....
We tried to get to the lavender fields up here last weekend
No joy for those of us without transport
So really happy to see your excellent set
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 10:40AM
3 terrific shots Dave. I am off to the fields in Shoreham (Kent) this evening to see how thats looking.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
23 Jul 2013 10:42AM
A wow of a set Dave with V3 being my favourites . You probable wanted to get rid of those little darlings but Scout honour I think the help make the image.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
23 Jul 2013 11:55AM
V3 for me. Well caught
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 11:58AM
The figure in V1 proves you must have been inhaling or is it me?
Lovely to meet Tessa and it is seldom we see an image of Lavender in horizontal format!
Although the cub pack weren't what you were expecting, they do look as if they're having fun
and it is a different slant on the tradional images!!!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
23 Jul 2013 12:00PM
What a treat.....I love lavender, and a romp through it would be heaven!
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 12:13PM
Three interesting images but my all out favourite is V3 - Elizabeth xx
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 12:29PM
Norty boys in V3 but fab picture and great set Dave - sorry I got distracted then for a moment with guests arrivingBlush
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 12:31PM
Great images and fascinating information too!
23 Jul 2013 12:42PM
An excellent collection of fragrant looking images, Dave!

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 12:48PM
V1 for its dof and detail and V3 for the exuberance of the boys running, but it is nice to meet Tessa in V2Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 1:11PM
A fine set Dave,and a very imformative narrative too.
100 denarri for flowers though does sound rather expensive.
I wonder how many denarii is was for a pint of Guinness then !!
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 2:28PM
Three super images Dave.
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 2:54PM
well titled, superbly captured, esp v2. interesting storyline.
23 Jul 2013 4:02PM
brilliant colour and detail v1 and v3 for me
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Jul 2013 4:44PM
It certainly does look - and smell - lovely, and three super captures here, Dave Wink
Trev Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
23 Jul 2013 5:05PM
V3 for me!Grin

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Jul 2013 5:35PM
Ah! an amazing set--pleased to meet the Mrs., would choose to skip the cub scouts--- and now I know why there seems to be ghosts in a certain part of my garden--- must set up a secret camera!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
23 Jul 2013 5:37PM
I like Tessa's matching blue shades and outfit combo Grin

Three really excellent shots, Dave, but V3 is just WOWWW. That's the one getting my UA Smile

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 5:59PM
Superb set of images Dave,i especially like V3 Smile

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 6:04PM
Three great and varied variants Dave... Love V3 with the boy scouts causing mayhemGrinGrin..... how sweetWink
Nice to meet Mrs WhiteroseGrinGrin..... very much like my SisSmile
23 Jul 2013 6:06PM
Three superb images Dave could almost smell the lavender
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 6:13PM
You too have bees in the lavender - it's a bit like bats in the belfry but different! Those cubs are something else..... and good to see Mrs WhiteRose1 making her debut! Christopher has 'debuted' but anonymously.... Smile
23 Jul 2013 6:14PM
What a stunning set of images love the colours
1881 6 India
23 Jul 2013 6:18PM
Stunningly beautiful image here.

23 Jul 2013 7:14PM
V3 is fantastic Dave.

John Smile
23 Jul 2013 7:35PM
Dib, Dib, Dib!

Great set, title, and narrative, Dave.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
23 Jul 2013 8:08PM
Three fine images here Dave, all work well in there own way but think the running Scouts works the best
Regards Richard
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 9:22PM
Lovely shots
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 9:24PM
Un placer conocer tu esposa Dave. I can almost smell the lavender, very rich and beautiful colours, with good information.Love the action of the children.
Philpot Plus
5 39 4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 10:03PM
Well they are certainly in bloom and a lot more than the farm I visited last night, I was told the odd weather we have had here around the Manchester area early in the spring has made a big difference this year as they have not bloomed too well, obviously you are some 200 miles south and maybe that's the difference. This get my award for sure..Phil
23 Jul 2013 11:40PM
Wonderful fields of flowers,yes, and those colours,and then nice details, like the bee in V1,and the blue person? too. We call the colour of the lavender " kretuliini" here in Finland. - Great images all of them, i cant pick any of them . - Very well done,once again ,Dave! ----- Jukka.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 5:14AM
Wonderful images Dave!
V1 is amazing for that lush burst of colour!
V1 nice to meet Mrs WhiteRose and I can see she like photography as well!
V3 I find spectacular with all the children interacting in the middle of the lavenders...
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
24 Jul 2013 11:32AM
Lovely set Dave. The energy and originality of V3 makes it my favourite Smile
I really really like's so unusual & original & works on some level... A great varied set. & can almost smell the lavender..
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
24 Jul 2013 8:16PM
On our missionary work darn sarth we lived for a while in Stevenage so I know Hitchen quite well.

HG & Rock
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 8:58PM
Great shots and I especially like v3. I am planning to visit Shoreham Lavender next monday with Derek, and it would be great if you could join us.
xwang 9 56 8
24 Jul 2013 9:07PM
Wonderful colour.. beautifully taken. I like V3 most, full of life and a bit surreal.
Gosh, I see, you really love carrying your cameras about.... I can't carry two lenses, let alone cameras...Grin
moiral 8 12 Scotland
24 Jul 2013 9:09PM
I love them all Dave, partly because I love the colour. A couple of busy wee bees in V1 and love all those kids running through the rows in V3. Tell Mrs WhiteRose she must come along if we manage another day sometime in the distant future Grin. Moira
Ayoob 7 Australia
25 Jul 2013 1:32AM
Wonderful set of imags - like them all ES v3...Grin
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 7:59AM
Great set. I love the composition of V3 in particular. Nice work Dave. paul
25 Jul 2013 1:29PM
Superb set of images Dave, but I love the composition of V3. It's stunning.
25 Jul 2013 8:40PM
Awesome set Dave Smile
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 9:02PM
nice set Dave, fave is V1 , I like the dof , comp and the bee Smile
25 Jul 2013 9:05PM
Beautiful set Dave - all excellent captures!
25 Jul 2013 10:26PM
A beautiful colourful set Dave, i must go with V3 it's a really great capture.
25 Jul 2013 10:47PM
Greetings Dave.

Strangely I like V3. There is something about the boys running along the lines of lavender. It is possible that I remember boring trips to places and the entertainment I could find in the precious moments of freedom.

That said all three have the unique Whiterose quality.

Spot on.


AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
26 Jul 2013 12:54AM
Beautifully captured, I can almost smell the lavender. When we were in North Dakota the lavender fields looked like lakes when the wind blew across them.
Very much like the children running down the rows in v3.

Potra 5 Venezuela
26 Jul 2013 9:36PM
All are beautiful but V3 is joyful.
26 Jul 2013 10:29PM
Lavenders blue Dilly Dilly lavenders green! lovely images! Can almost smell the lavender! (Glad to hear from Moiral she met up with you and Lilian!)g
26 Jul 2013 11:39PM
Great lavender there, we went a couple of years ago. The hint of blue, although a slight distraction, works as a complimentary colour. Like the title!
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 10:03AM
Dave love your write ups they make me chuckle !!Grin,i think v1 is really good ,nice to see Tessa and those bob a job lads having fun.
did they charge an entrance fee to the fields? ,i know some do ....Sad
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 1:06PM
Terrific Dave. v1 is my favourite and getting the missus to be the oof person in the b/g was a stroke of genius Wink
30 Jul 2013 9:39AM
How interesting lots of interesting things, lovely photo I could even see bee's, love it! I don't know who you get it to look like that! very clever. Camellia.Grin

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