Our cover photographer
CHARLIE WAITE tells the story of how he captured this month’s cover image: “Someone only has to mention the region of Provence, and your mind immediately summons up images of vast swathes of lavender. If you are fortunate enough to come across a farmer who likes to go Technicolor, there is a fair chance of finding a field of lavender adjacent to a field of what I call the ‘comic crop’ sunflowers.
“If lavender is your bag, timing is everything in Provence. It can be hot in this marvellous region, but there will always be some fine stone barns in which to find some shade, or the legendary Senanque Abbey for a pause.
“Near the Camargue, made so famous with rampaging horses, there are gentle stretches of reed flanked canals that may have some appeal, and there is always more lavender.” www.lightandland.co.uk