Soothing Light

I was looking for photos on the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘relax’. Initially I tried to capture my cat relaxing with my daughter, but being a black cat, he’s not terribly photogenic I find, and this was the best I could do:

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So I started thinking about a different approach. Rather than something or someone looking relaxed, what photos just make me feel relaxed? Looking through my images, it seems that the ones I find relaxing are images with light and warmth. Others make me excited, happy, nostalgic, etc. etc. but these are the ones that make me feel relaxed. So here are some images full of light and warmth that I hope you will find relaxing too:

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I started writing this post earlier and then decided to see if I could capture some of the sunset to add to the photos of warmth and light. I realised that winter sunsets are not quite in the right place to see from our village as the sun goes down behind a hill instead of a gap between hills like in the summer. But I got some nice shots of the lovely sky.

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Frosty Leaves

Yesterday morning, there was a frost and all the fallen leaves were looking pretty with a frosty coating. Sums up this time of year of autumn moving into winter, with the autumn leaves and the cold frost.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

Autumn by the river

As I mentioned, last weekend I took a long walk through the woods down by the river. It was beautiful! I’m glad I went then because this weekend is mostly grey and damp and we’ve had a lot of wind during the week which will have stripped of some of these lovely leaves. The only down side to my walk was that according to my back/leg I went a little too far, and suffered for it afterwards. However, I think it was worth it.

Soon after I started walking I came upon this lovely site – a gorgeous Beech tree that had already created a lovely carpet of orange leaves on the ground:

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Looking out at the river from under the tree:

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And looking back at the tree again, with its glorious orange carpet:

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Close up of a branch complete with raindrop:

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Further on in my walk I came to this raised area, where there was another beautiful carpet of leaves. As the sun came out the shadows of the trees made stripes on the carpet and you can even see me there too if you look:

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With the sun streaming through the trees, the light was lovely:

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There was still a fair amount of greenery, although it was mostly turning at least yellowish, if not golden orange:

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Further on, the path went under the trees and again, the carpet of orange leaves made it look magical:

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I had to keep stopping to take another photo round every corner!:

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And finally, back near the river again I took another shot of the trees on the bank, with a little glimpse of the river on the right:

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Tiny Mushrooms

On a walk in the woods last weekend, I found some tiny little mushrooms (and some bigger ones). It was beautiful in the woods with all the autumn colour. I must post some of the photos of the autumn trees soon. Meanwhile, the tiny mushrooms – enjoy 🙂

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny.

Beech Transformation

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is ‘Transmogrify’. What a word! This is what it means:

transmogrify
/tranzˈmɒɡrɪfʌɪ,trɑːnz-,-ns-/
verb humorous
transform in a surprising or magical manner.
“his home was transmogrified into a hippy crash pad”

Well, in nature things shouldn’t be that surprising as they happen on a regular basis, but it still thrills me at this time of year when I look out of my bedroom window at this:

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My beautiful Beech tree is looking amazing at the moment. So much colour – yellow, gold, orange, brown and still some green. Isn’t it lovely? I’m so lucky to have this in my hedge right outside. Please excuse the strange small shape half way up the left side of this image – that’s the handle on my window – it won’t open any further!

But what about the the transmogrification process, or if you prefer (it’s easier to say) – the transformation…

Back in the winter there were no leaves, making it a great place to take a photo of the sunset, with a lovely silhouette:

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And when it was rainy it collected the droplets on its bare branches, looking like it was decorated with jewels:

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As spring approached, the buds began to fatten up:

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And then the joy of fresh delicate green leaves emerging:

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These 2 photos are quite old, before I found my style for processing images, but I’m including them so you can see the full tree in spring. First with only some of the leaves emerged:

This is how it looked on Monday - kind of half done

And then in full leaf:

And this is how it looks today :)

After a summer of lush green leaves, the colour started to change, just a little at first:

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And back to the present, this time viewed from the path outside my front door:

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Autumn in the Village

Most of what I include in my blog would fit the Weekly Photo Challenge this week: Local. I don’t often venture very far, mainly taking photos around my village, and occasionally a few miles away in Cors Caron. So it’s all very much local. What is going in on my local area at the moment is the slow march of autumn, as the trees turn from green to gold, most of the flowers are gone, and the air cools and freshens.

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From flowers to interesting shaped seeds and dried up stalks
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Lovely Rosebay Willowherb fluff adorned with droplets
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Rosehips from the Dog Rose

 

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Fallen Beech leaf
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Fallen Oak leaves, glowing in the autumn sun
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Oak tree turning from green to golden

Transition in Season and Focus

Outside it’s full-on autumn with blustery winds and rain – not really the weather for going out for walks and taking photos – but indoors we have the Christmas tree to brighten things up, so there are still photo opportunities to be found. The season is changing and festivities are beginning. We are transitioning between seasons.

So there is a festive theme to my photos today. Not only a season transition, but my photos are transitioning from focus to out of focus, to get the shiny bokeh effect:

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Unfocused

Generally I try to have at least part of the shot in focus, so that it’s not entirely bokeh…

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition.

November Treats

I had a double treat today!

The sun came out – treat number one – and I had a lovely, surprisingly warm walk round the village.

And treat number two was a dragonfly! I thought they were all gone for the year, but I guess the unusually warm day brought one out again.

So here are my November treats…

Common Darter Dragonfly:

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Droplets on Moss & Grass:

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Fly on an Autumn leaf:

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Autumn colours:

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More droplets on grass:

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Treat.”

Ordinary Leaves

The weekly photo challenge is looking at finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I was thinking about the things we look beyond, and in nature, I’m often looking at the flowers, or the insects and don’t take much notice of the leaves. However at this time of year they’re especially interesting and worth a look, and if you look really closely, they’re quite extraordinary!

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

morning chorus

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a morning chorus
with bass notes
udders as swollen and ripe
as the berries blushing red in the hedgerow
welcoming the morning
as the sun rises over the dew-drenched fields
and mist hangs low in the valley

Fresh Spring Goodness

I was lucky enough to have a brief moment of evening sunshine when I got home from work yesterday so I nipped out around the garden for a few minutes before the sun went down. I was happy to find some new fresh spring flowers popping up 🙂

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First Primrose – lots of leaves around but this is the first one I’ve seen starting to flower
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The first Daisy – only 2 or 3 flowers popping out so far but I’m sure soon the grass will be sprinkled with them
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First Dandelion (by the pond, which sadly has no frog spawn … yet! Fingers crossed!)

This post was (loosely) inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge which, this week, is “Orange”. Not a lot of orange going on but yellow is nearly there, right?! There really is no orange around in nature at the moment!