Gusty winds moving in from the south west

I have a day off today and I decided I had to go outside no matter what! Luckily it was not raining, but there was quite a gusty wind and this made life a little difficult. When you do close-up shots even a small breeze can be a pain as the movement is magnified.

The Herb Roberts seem to last all year and there’s still a few dotted around. I liked this shot, with the stamens in focus and the rest of the flower all soft. IMG_8355

That wasn’t my first attempt at this flower – it kept waggling about in the wind spoiling many shots! This next one is one of the failures … although I kind of like it as you can almost feel the wind.

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I saw these pretty little grass flowers and in a brief pause in the wind managed to capture their delicate green feathery beauty.

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And finally, the tough old Evening Primrose … still going strong! I am amazed at this plant! You may be able to see that the petals on the left were blowing in the wind but I managed to get a focus on the stamens & stigma in the middle of the flower.

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Perhaps there will be a more sunny weather update soon! Since the clocks went back, I am strangely looking forward to cold crisp winter days, and snow and icicles! Brrr.

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however

when the rain
is battering
the window
when the wind
is whistling
round the door
I’ll think I’ll just
sit here
in dressing gown
and slippers
and stay
snuggled in the warm

Wet Again

Just a quick note to say I’m glad we decided to go out on Friday afternoon. Today it’s turned back to windy and wet weather so I won’t be venturing out. I hope this weather doesn’t stick around too long this time!

Daffodils

Just a very quick note to say that the winds have lessened and power has come back on after many hours … and I saw my first daffodil flowers today! Things are looking up 🙂

Wind!

Another weather update for you! Yesterday it was snow, and today it’s strong winds. I knew there was windy weather forecast but this morning it got upgraded to a red alert from about lunch time to 9pm tonight. Red alerts are the highest weather alerts that the Met Office give out, and it says that red alerts mean a danger to life and buildings etc. I was feeling rather alarmed and wondering if I should go home from work. Then the school got closed and that made my decision for me so I went home and nervously waited for the children to arrive on the school bus (I’m a terrible worrier, so I was very nervous!). Everyone got home safely thankfully. Since I got home I’ve been keeping up on developments on the internet and working from home keeping the University website up to date with the weather information. Apparently the highest wind recorded tonight near here was 108mph! Nasty! There are many trees down and roads blocked, as well as some power lines too. It seems that all the main roads into town are blocked at the moment. I have been expecting the power to go off here as the lights have been flickering a lot but we’ve been lucky so far and it’s stayed on. It’s supposed to ease tonight and we’ll have to survey the damage tomorrow, and see if schools and businesses will be open. One thing I know is damaged and that’s our front gate – it is in several pieces, presumably because the wind has been slamming it closed repeatedly. Our bin is lying down and there’s no point righting it as it’ll just blow over again! The children are hoping that roads will still be blocked in the morning so they won’t have to go to school … I’m torn, as it would be nice to have a day at home, but I’d have to work from home, and I know that road closures can cause all sorts of problems for people who have to travel and for the emergency services.

Anyway, enough rambling on. Hopefully things will die down and I may be able to get out at the weekend and see how the spring flowers are fairing in all this nasty weather. Hope everyone else around the country is coping ok with the wind and flooding.

Apologies

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get out this weekend. It’s awful weather. Pouring with rain all day so far and very windy again. Unless it vastly improves tomorrow I won’t be venturing out to check on the spring flowers I’m afraid. I’m getting a bit tired of all this wind and rain now – hope the weather gets better soon.

the roof stayed on

wind’s getting up again

he mutters

all over the telly it is
trees down
power out
everybody panic
like it’s something new
you’d think it never blew before

he kneels, with a gentle sigh

these young ‘uns are soft
act like electricity’s their right
and this new-fangled internet-whatsit
moaning when they can’t update
their face-block thingummy

he runs his hand along the cold wet stone
shaking his head

they’ve forgotten
what really matters
haven’t they?

he carefully takes a flower from his shopping bag
arranges it neatly

remember how we used to sit
with just that small candle
flickering in the draught
we’d talk long into the night
or if the wind was calm
and candle-light steady
we’d read together, pressed in close
and all that mattered
was we had eachother
and the roof stayed on

ah …
those were the days

he pulls himself to his feet
with difficulty

stands, wet knees and all

goodbye my love
’til next time

he slowly leaves the grave yard
and limps slowly home

to his empty house
with the roof still on

Indoor Bird Watching

The weather continues in much the same vein – windy, wet and generally horrible 😦 Tomorrow I must go back to work after the Christmas break and so today I’d hoped for a last minute chance to get out for a walk but no such luck.

Yesterday I attempted some bird watching from the living room window and can report that I saw the Robin again, plus several Blue Tits, some Dunnocks and a Blackbird. The Jackdaws were hanging around too. They have learnt to use the feeders now which is quite amusing to watch. Sadly I’ve not yet managed to get a photo of them doing that.

Here are a couple of pretty poor quality photos of the birds, taken through the window …

Cloud & Wind Time-Lapse

I’m not at work today so I decided to do some more experimenting with time-lapse. This time it was daylight which is helpful, and I had some cloud moving across the sky which makes it a whole lot more interesting. I actually did this through the living room window, which means there are a few marks here and there… I decided that as I’m just learning about this technique, I don’t mind a few marks. I’m hoping that now I’m getting the hang of it, I’ll be able to make a nicer one when weather and time allow, and I’ll do it properly outside when that day comes!

Stormy Tears

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The weather is atrocious as I’m sure you know if you are in the UK. It’s not really ideal for macro photos as even when the rain stops it’s too windy! I sneaked out for five minutes today to try and get some shots of droplets on leaves. There was too much wind and not really enough light and my shots didn’t come out how I wanted them to, so I decided to do some tweaking and this is what I’ve ended up with. Not quite like reality, but I like the way it looks like glistening teardrops.

 

stormy tears

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the wind blows
us into tomorrow
gusts rush the leaves
off the trees
whisking winter
into view
and the clouds cry
for the loss of yesterday

swimming

swimming
in my living room
as sun shines
through
wind-blown leaves
and walls
ripple
around me