Changing Seasons 2016: April

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I know this is very late but I was determined to get it out anyway! As some of you may know, I spent April joining in with CampNanoWriMo. Nearly all of my free time was spent working on my novel which is why this wasn’t posted then. My favourite writing spot, however, (when it wasn’t raining) was down at the wildflower meadow, beside the wooded area and the stream – the very place I’ve been photographing for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly Changing Seasons Challenge. Most times when I was down there I’d work on a scene for a while and then stretch my legs and take a few photographs. Over the month I took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately I then had to sort through these once CampNano was over which was not an easy job!

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I hope you all like the shots I’ve chosen to share. I’ll apologise now that there are a few more than the twenty we’re asked to include in our galleries. I didn’t really want to cut anything out. I’d already knocked it down from far more!

The most notable feature during April were the bluebells that carpeted a large swathe of the wooded area.  If you looked carefully you could also spot a handful of whitebells scattered among them:

The trees became increasingly green as the month progressed, new growth continuing to unfurl:

There were many lovely views down by the stream and within the trees.

Whilst a few of March’s daffodils still remained the main yellow flowers to be seen were the celandines. These have been in bloom on the roadside verges for months but only in April did they begin to flower beneath the shelter of the trees:

Last month the wildflower meadow also finally began to come into its own after a winter as merely an expanse of plain grass. Dandelions, daisys, speedwells and forget-me-nots began to decorate the area while the hawthorn bushes in the surrounding hedgerows began to blossom.

In among the grass, insects could be seen scurrying. Bees bustled between flowers in search of nectar. I spent quite some time kneeling on damp grass trying to get some good shots if them! There are several benches and areas of seating around the meadow and these became some of my favourite places to sit with my notepad during the month:

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your virtual visit to my favourite place. I’d love to know if anyone has a favourite shot.

Hopefully the gallery for May won’t be quite so late…

If you’d like to compare with previous months galleries then click below:

February

March

 

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32 thoughts on “Changing Seasons 2016: April

    1. It’s a wonderful spot and only a couple of minutes walk from home. 🙂 The only problem is that everything I wrote when I was down there now needs to be typed up! I spent so long down there over the month that I’m amazed I didn’t ever fall asleep down there. Thanks for visiting, Ali. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Chioma. 🙂 I’ve always loved photography and really feel I’ve improved a lot since I started blogging and actually sharing them with other people. I’m glad you like them.

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  1. Such a lovely post… excellent photographs… you are so lucky to be surrounded by Nature… really nice… the bluebells are definitely my favourites… sending best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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    1. Thanks, Aquileana. I’m glad you like them. 🙂 After a decade living in the middle of a city I’m loving living in a village and being close to nature again. Bluebells are my favourite flowers so I’m particularly happy that you like them. 😀

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    1. Thanks, PJ. I’m glad you like them. It’s a wonderfully inspiring spot. I’ve written a lot of my flash fics while sitting down there as well. 🙂

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  2. thank you for sharing your part of nature’s beauty. I was expecting a woodland fairy to appear by the stream, sent chills down my spine. really beautiful!

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