Droplets on Catkins

Admittedly these may not be the obvious things that spring to mind for most people when thinking about the topic of ‘a good match’, but as I glanced through recent photos these leapt out at me.

At this time of year, if there is sunshine after the rain, there’s a good chance of capturing some beautiful droplets as they rest on the Willow catkins in my garden. They look so good together. Fluffy white catkins, and sparkling jewelled droplets. The droplets seem to defy gravity. Perhaps the hairs on the catkins help them stay put.

I think they are a very good match 🙂

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: a good match

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Rainy Season

In some parts of the world there is a regular rainy season. In Britain sometimes it feels like it’s always rainy season! Our winter this year hasn’t been very wintry really. We’ve had one morning where there was a sprinkling of snow, and perhaps 2 or 3 frosty mornings but for much of the rest of the time it’s been windy and rainy. Today is no exception. So I decided to stay indoors and show you the weather by means of my orchid with ‘fake raindrops’ and a glimpse of the rainy window behind.

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And of course I can’t resist getting a bit closer 🙂 Being in the window the petals are backlit which makes for interesting shots.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

A Trio of Droplet Trios

Today the weather is crisp, cold and bright, after a lot of wetness overnight, so I had a little potter in the garden looking at the droplets shining in the sun. With the weekly photo challenge in the back of my mind, I was looking out for threes …

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In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

Stalking Raindrops

When stalking raindrops it is important to be careful or you risk destroying the very thing you seek…

Today I was being extra careful as I was trying to avoid doing anything to vigorous that would disturb my delicate head after a migraine yesterday, as well as avoiding destroying raindrops. When the sun came out for a while after rain all morning I thought a gentle potter around the garden stalking droplets would be just what I needed. I was pleased to find a few nice ones, even one on an insect’s mouth!

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

Beautiful Bindweed

Regarded by many as a particularly pesky garden weed, Bindweed has a poor reputation. However, just look how beautiful it can be, in the sunshine after the rain!

Delicate Droplets

Sunday started out rather wet. Later on when the rain stopped and the sun came out, the droplets were calling to me! As it was a still day the droplet just hung there even on the most delicate of plants.

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Wordless Wednesday: Damselfly Sparkle

Wordless Wednesday: Damselfly Sparkle

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After the Rain

Yesterday it rained pretty much all day long. This morning there is some sunshine amongst the clouds and it’s dry. The garden is jewelled with water droplets and I couldn’t resist going out and getting some lovely droplet photos. It’s mainly the Alchemilla which is one of the best plants for holding onto droplets, but first a rather damp Herb Robert:

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Bee-draggled

I found this bee yesterday. It’s some kind of Adrena bee (not a bumble or a honey bee). It seemed rather bee-draggled (ha ha I’m so funny) and wasn’t moving much.

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I was a bit worried about this poor bee, so I tried to give it some sugar-water, without much success. On the plus side, it did make it easy to photograph.

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I hope the poor little thing managed to gather some energy and find a safe place to hide from all the rain overnight! :-/

A Quiet Walk

Stepping out of the door for a walk yesterday, drops of rain touched my face and I nearly turned back. With a sigh I tucked my camera under my coat and urged myself to just walk and breathe the fresh air, never mind the photos I wanted to take.

I was glad to have persisted as the rain soon stopped and there were splashes of sunshine among the puddles.

Bluebells glistened, with droplets reflecting greens and blues among the soft petals. The woods were quiet and soothing. My lungs filled with the essence of life, and the walk would have been worthwhile even if the camera had been left at home.

However it was there in my hand and the moments were captured with care, droplets surveyed and approached from angles. Joy felt as newly grown spring flowers were noted.

And a snail, untrodden, carried on his purposeful glide across the watery grass on to who knows where.

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Raindrops on Roses

When thinking about the word ‘ephemeral’ I realised that most things in nature are ephemeral, lasting but a moment in the grand scheme of things. Flowers, insects, leaves … allowing us a glimpse of their beauty for a while in their often short lives. And droplets, one of my favourite things, they are gone when the sun’s rays evaporate them. So what better than an ephemeral flower, and the even more ephemeral raindrops?

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

Willow Sparkle

There’s not a lot to see at the moment. The weather is really not helping – wind and rain this weekend and the last. I ventured out briefly yesterday and all I could find were sparkly willow buds all covered in tiny raindrops. They were very pretty though, so made up for the lack of much else!

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