Landscapes?

I don’t really do landscapes. However, the weekly photo challenge says “show us your best establishing shot…” so I’m going to look at it that way rather than a traditional landscape.

So here’s an establishing shot before I looked more closely at a patch of Celandines. It’s still pretty close up but you can see more than just Celandine, there’s a big patch of Saxifrage flowers behind it too.

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Here’s another from a week or so back, hopefully giving you the feel of a carpet of Celandines.

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And how about a tiny 24-spot Ladybird climbing around in its grassy landscape? If that Ladybird was the size of a man, that would be a mountain range!

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Then there are my mini forests, rocky outcrops and green hills … otherwise known as moss in the bird bath 🙂

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

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Moss aglow

Even though there is a lot of grey around at this time of year there are still the occasional splashes of vibrant colour even before the spring arrives. A few weeks back I spotted this moss glowing in the (rare) sunshine. I love the bokeh 🙂

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

There are many circles in nature and I was looking for them among photos I haven’t posted before.

Here’s a tiny one – a circle forming the cap on the end of a moss sporophyte:

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This one’s rather bigger – a circle of fluffy seeds on a Dandelion seed head:

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Technically this next one is not a circle, as it’s more of a sphere, but anyway, it looks round like a circle 🙂

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And strictly speaking this one features semi-circles, rather than full circles, but I’m proud of it so I’ll post it anyway. This is me wearing the cardigan that I just finished this morning by adding the buttons (they’re circles!). I only started it on Tuesday so I’m really chuffed with how quickly it came together. Love this pattern, and love working with chunky (or bulky) yarn and a big hook! If you are interested, here’s my Ravelry project page for this cardi.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle on the Daily Post Blog

Respite

I realised something this morning … it was not raining! It was actually quite dry and bright! So I grabbed my chance to nip out for a quick walk around the village. I’ve not had a chance to get out for ages what with the weather and not being well a week or two back. So it was great to get out 🙂 The weather seems to have turned back to damp and dreary again now so I’m glad I went. Not a lot to see, but enough to get a few nice photos.

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Inspired by a break in the weather, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Now 🙂

Tall Tiny Forest

a tall tiny forest
vast miniature trees
reach for the sky
nestled
between
the quiet stones

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I took this photo yesterday, on Christmas day, a day which was cold and fresh making my fingers numb with the chill. Yet the moss is glowing with warmth despite the wintry weather. I love to find small things like this, surprising you amid the grey cold landscape.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle (2)

even in the deepest days of winter
when darkness falls early
and nights are so long
there remains a glimmer
the merest twinkle of warmer times
glistening in the hidden spaces

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.”

Forest in Miniature

IMG_8349A miniature forest for you today – a forest of tiny moss sporophytes on my favourite wall. They always catch my eye on a sunny morning with the light behind them. You can almost imagine there might be a tiny world there living amongst these tiny trees.

Bejewelled Moss

IMG_8033-7More droplets today – this time on moss. As you’ll know if you’ve followed me for a while, I am rather fond of moss, and am lucky enough to have a lovely wall in my village which has a lot of patches of moss growing on it. In certain lights, at certain times of the day, the moss sporophytes can catch the light beautifully and glow like little spikes of flame. During my walk at the weekend the light was just right and the droplet covered moss sporophytes looked bejewelled with diamonds, all sparkly and lovely.

 

Happy New Year

2014 has arrived! And with it, it has brought more rain and wind and general greyness. So no fresh start for the weather in this brand new year – just a continuation of the damp and stormy winter that we’ve had so far. I don’t fancy venturing out with my camera today, but I did pop out yesterday when it was a bit brighter so I can illustrate this post.

edit-7832One of the main features of my garden at the moment is a lot of brown soggy leaves, and the grass is frequently covered in raindrops. The back garden is rather soggy underfoot and I squelched around while looking for interesting things to show you. I wonder if our addition of the pond has made it worse, or perhaps it’s just that it has rained so much! More about the pond in later posts hopefully. It needs some work to finish it off but I’m hoping that it will attract some insects and frogs as the year goes on.

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As you’d expect with all this damp weather, the mosses are very happy at the moment. The bird bath is looking very nice, all decorated with moss. I wonder how it regrows … in the summertime it seems to dry up and looks dead. I must investigate that this year. I can’t remember if it just sits there looking dead or falls off. If it falls off, what does it leave behind to enable it to regrow again? Anyway, right now it’s looking lush and green and the sporophytes are standing tall.

While I was pottering about I was looking to see if there was any colour left – any stray flowers hanging around. I was quite surprised to find this Ragwort in flower as every other one is long gone and just the skeletons remain. I wonder if the weather is confusing it, as it’s probably not as cold as normal with all the rain – there have only been 2 or 3 frosts this winter so far if I remember rightly.

edit-7847Another spot of colour was this lone Dandelion – not really meant to be here either I think. I’m not really complaining, as its nice to have some colour but I do wonder if they’re meant to be flowering or not. I’ve not really kept a record before, but I don’t think we normally see Dandelions and Ragwort at this time of year, do we?

Some of the more usual things to find around at this time are these below. I love the brightness of the Dog Rose hips in the hedgerow. In fact I love Dog Roses generally! In the summer time you get the beautiful pink flowers and then in the autumn and winter this lovely splash of red to brighten up the bare hedges. It seems strange to see the blackberry like this – just the seeds without the berry round them. Usually the whole berry would be gone. Looks like a blackberry skeleton without its flesh.

Looking at that gallery above you’d think it was autumn really, not winter. It doesn’t look very wintery. I wonder if there’s snow and ice to come this year. Perhaps there will be snowy photos to come!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my first proper blog. I’d like to blog regularly here, but I’m not promising daily blogs or anything. I know that once I’m back at work after the Christmas/New Year break I will be a lot busier so may not be able to get out and about looking at nature as often as I’d like, but I’ll blog when I can.

Have a lovely 2014 🙂

Moss Island

edit-7836There’s not a lot out there for the macro photographer at the moment. I guess this is the time of year to switch to landscapes, but still I look for the small things. I just can’t help myself. Today I had a little potter about outside while it was dry and fairly bright. Quite squelchy underfoot, and the bird bath had been topped up by the rain so that this little mound of moss appeared to be a tiny desert island in a tiny sea! Not the crispest shot ever, but I still like it for its reflection and island-like feeling.

 

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Another shot from Monday. I was specifically looking out for fungi and found several different sorts. I’ve had a go at trying to identify them but I’m not getting very far. If you know what these are, please comment. It didn’t do my leg much good unfortunately – squatting down to get shots is rather painful these days. But I got some nice shots so I’m happy 🙂