WPC: Local

sunrise

Gentle light caresses fields shorn of their summer abundance as the newly awoken sun peeks above the horizon, tinting the wide sky in pastel shades. A lonely blackbird breaks the lingering hush of the pre-dawn hours. Soon it is joined by its fellows, and their voices rise in joyous chorus. Peace settles upon me as I breathe in the magnificence of the new born day in this place that I call ‘home’.

pure light emerging

awakening wide landscape

restfulness distilled

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This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week we’re asked to share a picture of a place local to us – a place that we think of as ‘home’. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago when I was out for a dawn walk to the meadow, my favourite place in the village. This is the view on the other side of the lane.

Changing Season 2016: June

It’s time for June’s Changing Seasons post, a challenge that asks you to photograph the same place over the course of a year and to share a monthly gallery of pictures. Yet again I’m afraid I have a few more photos than the Cardinal asks us to share. Oops! You probably wouldn’t believe just how long it took to reduce it down to only this many!

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This year I’m photographing the wildflower meadow, wooded area and stream – my favourite place to visit in the village. I can spend hours happily sitting with a notepad, writing my little stories and poems.

The most noticeable feature of the meadow this month has been the daisies. The whole field has been filled with them in a gorgeous a sea of white.

There were other flowers blooming, as well – many hidden amongst the daisies: cornflowers and corncockles, birdsfoot trefoil, poppies and clover, plus many others that I didn’t manage to identify.

Often overlooked are the grasses that fill the meadow, the drab cousins of the elegant flowers, but beautiful in their own right.

During June the meadow has been filled with insects, bees and butterflies, flitting from plant to plant. I’ve already shared some of the insect pictures that I’ve taken this month but I did save some for today’s post.

As well as the meadow there’s also the little wooded area and the stream.

I thought I’d leave you with a final two shots of a couple of friends I’ve made at the meadow this month.

I hope you liked these pictures. If you did, feel free to check out the previous months’ posts:

February
March
April
May

Echoes of my Neighbourhood – The Village

This post is for Jacqueline’s Echoes of my Neighbourhood challenge. Unfortunately it’s a day late as today was the first day I’ve had free where the weather was actually nice enough to leave the house! This week I decided to wander around the village and photograph a few of the views that I haven’t captured in a while.

village display board

There are some lovely buildings to be found throughout the village. The first picture below is the old smithy, though it’s now just used as a shed. The photograph beside it shows the post box which can be found in the front garden of someone’s house – the building used to be the post office, though it was converted a great many years ago!

The lanes around the village are wonderfully peaceful to walk around. I always love to see what’s growing on the verges.

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few close-ups of the flowers I found! Interestingly there was a sign next to the white flowers pictured below, asking that they not be cut as they’re rare. I’ve been trying to find out what they are but so far I’ve not had any luck.

I hope you all like the pictures. I’d love to know if you have a favourite.

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