Changing Seasons 2017: February

February arrived at the meadow and the little wooded area beside the stream, enticing nature to quicken as the year edged slowly onwards…

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(Remember to click on the galleries for better views of the pictures!)

As youthful sunlight grew bolder, caressing the earth with an enlivening touch, new life began to stir amidst the leaf litter. Green shoots pushed free of chill dirt. Soon, hosts of delicate snowdrops bowed their heads in shy greeting, whilst hearts and minds swelled with romantic ideals.

Bathed in dawn light or dusk, the paths meandered over the meadow and beneath the trees, drawing footsteps onwards. Benches invited those visitors brave enough to face the frigid elements to sit awhile in peaceful contemplation. Meanwhile the stream flowed on in a silvery ribbon…

Within the tree tops birds gathered, peeking from behind branches and darting from perch to perch. In search of partners with whom to share the coming months, they sang their boastful songs as they preened, their chests puffed out in self-importance.

Amidst February’s burgeoning landscape, a multitude of detail was hidden – for those who were willing to look. Bracket fungi provided stepping stones into fairy lands, whilst ivy bedecked in dewdrops glistened in dawn light. Strands of fur tangled around brambles, hinting of life forms present when a human gaze was absent.


This post is for my February edition of Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. It’s a little later than I’d hoped to post it – mainly because my internet is still not completely back to normal. It’s not too bad for visiting blogs now, but unfortunately it takes forever to upload pictures!

If you’d like to see how the meadow, wooded area, and stream have looked at different times of the year, please visit the ‘Changing Seasons’ category in the menu at the top of the page.

Do you have a favourite picture? I’d love to know!

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30 Comments on “Changing Seasons 2017: February

  1. Love that wet leaf, Louise. Beautiful look at spring! It’s starting here too, slow but quick at the same time. I’m curious what camera you are using. My Sony RX100 died on me a couple months ago and I am having trouble finding a replacement. Curious what you shoot with. I enjoyed each of these images.

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    • Thanks, Carrie. I love to watch, and photograph, the progression of Spring. My camera is a Canon EOS 1100d, which is generally advertised as being a good ‘starter dslr’ – which is why I got it when I upgraded from a point and shoot. Good luck with your camera hunt. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Christine. The snowdrops have been particularly beautiful this year. I love the carvings on the holly tree but it’s very rare that I catch the light actually falling on them. An older gentleman who’s lived in the village his whole life told me that many of them were carved by he and his friends when he was a boy. I’m glad you liked the pictures. 🙂

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      • Your pictures are always so magical. I imagined the carvings as ancient — haha, but I am sure the older gentleman had some great stories!

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  2. I go for the hairs on bramble because I know how difficult is such a subject. I also like the bench composition. Overall a great set, with beautifully worded text.

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    • Thank you, Derrick. I took quite a few shots of that hair, I have to admit! That was the only one that was really worth using. I’m glad you liked the words, as well. I think they’re often overlooked on posts with so many pictures like this. 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, Max. You actually picked out three of my own favourites there. 🙂 I’m glad you liked the post.

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  4. Strands of fur tangled around brambles…what a wonderful eye to have captured that. 🙂

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  5. What a beautiful reminder that Spring is around the corner. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs.

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  6. At the risk of sounding cliched – enchanting, you must get that comment a lot…I saw a variety of secret creatures among the plants!

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