Guess where? Summer snapped up by keen amateur photographer Rachel Smith
These stunning images have been created by amateur photographer Rachel Smith who loves capturing the beauty all around us.
From a field of bright red poppies fluttering in the breeze to local landmarks such as the Four Stones at Clent, she has been busy snapping away this summer.
She has also explored the gardens at Hagley Hall and photographed bees and butterflies in action.
Another spot the 42-year-old has visited is the obelisk which stands close to the summit of Wychbury Hill in Hagley.
It is often defaced with graffiti asking ‘Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?’, a reference to an unsolved Second World War-era mystery, which can be clearly seen in her picture.
Rachel, who lives in Pedmore, Stourbridge, takes her photographs using the camera on her Samsung 6 phone and her Canon 1200d camera.
“I’ve always loved taking photos and when my husband got me a lovely camera – a Canon 1200d – for my birthday a few years ago there was no stopping me.
“It’s mainly photos of my family but since having our dog and getting out and about everyday I’ve enjoyed the beauty of where we live and the surrounding area.
“I’m still very much a novice and find photography talk a bit like a foreign language,” she said.
Rachel displays her photos on her Instagram account – lookwhatltook – and says she enjoys showcasing where she lives.
“I’ve always loved taking photos, it’s my way of holding onto memories of people and places and since Instagram came along I’ve been able to share with other like-minded photography enthusiasts the beauty of my local nature and views,” she said.
Exploring somewhere new with her camera is an activity she really enjoys but she is also content taking photographs in and around her home.
She was hoping a trip to Bath at the weekend would provide her with plenty of photo opportunities.
“I take photos wherever I go,” said Rachel, adding: “I love going to new places, holidays or days out with my family and taking the camera with me but I also enjoy the sunsets from my house and enjoy the wildlife in my own back garden.
Her favourite photographs of the set are those of the poppy fields, off the A449 in Kingswinford.
The stunning red carpet proving an idyllic sight which attracted photographers from far and wide who, like Rachel, have also taken to social media to share their images.
“I love the poppy fields. I love any flower field – they’re so beautiful,” she said.
Rachel also enjoys taking photos of her cockapoo dog, Gizmo but has to work to get the perfect picture.
“I have to tempt him with his blue ball to get him to sit and pose,” she said.
*To see more of Rachel’s photographs go to www.instagram.com/lookwhatltook.