Wordless Wednesday: A Song of Spring

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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:

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Changing Seasons 2016: March

This post is for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly Changing Seasons photography challenge. This year I’m photographing my favourite place in the village – the little wooded path alongside the wildflower meadow that runs down to the stream.

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The main feature during March has been the daffodils, which were much later to bloom beneath the shelter of the trees than in the gardens. They’re like little bursts of sunshine in flower form, brightening the area and cheering the spirit as you walk among them. Daffodils always make me smile.

As well as the daffodils there has also been the sight of the fresh spring greenery to enjoy. Many of the smaller trees and shrubs are opening their leaves, enjoying the light before the taller trees come into leaf and cast them into shade.

The evergreens also enjoy the spring warmth, stretching out new growth.

During March the wildlife has also become increasingly active. Birdsong is a constant soundtrack as you walk through the trees. Occasionally you’ll catch a flash of wings as a brave bird settles onto a branch nearby. Insects are also beginning to buzz and scurry.

I thought I’d finish off with a final gallery that offers a glimpse of what’s to come in next month’s post. Over the last week or so the first of the bluebells have started to flower. I’m now looking forward to the carpet of blue we’re certain to see during April.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour through my own little wonderland. I’d love to know what you think.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

This post is for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s prompt is time.

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Sunlight caressing

A stark landscape awakens

Vibrant leaves unfurl

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Days  advance onwards

Dancing on the turning wheel

New growth supplants old

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Yesterday, for the first time in over a week, the weather was pleasant enough for me to venture out for a walk. It was nice to see the first of the new leaves on the trees, heralding the advancing of the year.

Soon it will be spring.