Alan Barrett Images | The Bigger Picture | Provence lavender

Rich blue skies are often a kiss of death to a photographer, but the brightly coloured lavender fields of Provence respond well to the sympathetic colouring of the sky.

In my innocence, before visiting Provence, I had not realised how many varieties of lavender existed and how varied was the bloom of each - nor how difficult it would be to find "clean" lavender rows, which were so often marred by weeds.