fire and ice fire and ice combineas glistening frozen leavesreflect the sunset coloursshivering in the golden glowas winter’s grip takes hold written by me, December 2012 twinkle even in the deepest days of winterwhen darkness falls earlyand nights are so longthere remains a glimmerthe merest twinkle of warmer timesglistening in the hidden spaces written by me, DecemberContinue reading “Winter isn’t coming … yet”
We’re having some seasonal themes over the next few weeks for the Lens Artists Photo Challenges. This week is summer. So what photos express summer to me? Well, of course I could just say summer runs from June to August and pick out photos taken during those months. But I’m going to think about whatContinue reading “Photo Challenge: Summer”
One lovely part of spring is the return of colour, something that we can miss over the winter. Some flowers are particularly bright and colourful, and can really lift your spirits.
Daisies are popping up everywhere now, brightening up the grass with their yellow and white. They are very common, and sometimes ignored in favour of more ‘fancy’ flowers, but I love their simple beauty. Especially lovely are the ones with pink tips, so pretty!
Down in the woods, if you know where to look, the Wood Anemones are starting to appear. There’s not many yet, but if you look hard you can find them. Soon there will be a carpet of Wood Anemones and Celandines strewn across the woodland floor!
Blackthorn flowers appear before their leaves. On some parts of the hedgerow they’re still all buds, but here and there the flowers have opened. Soon there will be a mass of them, decorating the hedges with their delicate white petals.
Where Primroses and understated and gentle in their yellowness, Celandines throw all that aside and are unashamedly bright and brash. I love gentle yellows, but I also love this bright yellow, brightening up the hedgerows and verges with their splashes of sunshine.
The colour of primroses makes me think of lemon cheesecake. They’re such a gentle shade of yellow – not bright and in your face, but fresh and clean, a clear sign of spring.
The lovely fluffy catkins are on display now on the willow trees. There are the really furry ones which look like a small animal’s paw, and the more frilly yellow ones too. I do love a nice catkin 🙂
It’s reassuring to see that despite everything, spring is still springing all around us. Some things are still normal, still happening in the usual spot, in the usual way. It’s all to easy to be consumed by anxiety and fear in these difficult times, so finding something that feels reassuring is especially welcome now. I’mContinue reading “Spring is springing – Snake's Head Fritillary”