Frosty Morning

It was a frosty morning at my parents’ house this morning so I went out in the garden to see what I could see. My favourite thing was the combination of frozen and melting droplets on the grass as the sun warmed everything up. So pretty 🙂

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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…

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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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.

I is for Icicle

Ok I admit this is a fairly tenuous link to the Weekly Photo Challenge which is ‘Alphabet’ this week… but this is what is available to photograph at the moment. It starts with an I and is the shape of an I too … well, the ‘grown up’ icicles would be – these are more like babies. Anyway I think they were worth getting cold for – hope you enjoy them too 🙂

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Woodland Secrets

The weather turned brighter today and I had another lovely walk, apart a gentle sprinkling that had me putting my camera under my coat briefly. However since there are not a huge amount of insects or flowers at this time of year, I turned to the woodland to find the small things that lurk in the mossy corners. It was a bit tricky as it was not so bright under the trees, but every so often shafts of sunlight lit up some interesting little mushrooms.

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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 🙂

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

Off-Season Crochet Madness

When there’s nothing to photograph outside, or the weather is bad, I turn to crochet. In the winter when there are no insects and flowers to look at, it’s nice to make your own pretty things indoors 🙂

This is what I’ve been up to recently – a beautiful Lily blanket designed by Jane Crowfoot (using StyleCraft yarn) which is a ‘Crochet-a-long’ so we get part of the pattern every 2 weeks. As you can see it’s not finished but I’ve laid the blocks out to see how it’s going to look.

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I am also in the process of crocheting a ‘granny square’ type blanket, and a ribbon yarn scarf, and a jumper, and a flower shawl …. ahem … perhaps one day I will finish something (other than the cushion you have already seen!).

If you are interested in joining in you would be a bit behind but still could enjoy making the blanket. Info is on the Stylecraft website.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

waking

unravelling the frozen trails
unwrapping the misty shreds of cold
that weigh down our limbs
and our souls

gradually waking
from the heavy sleep of winter

we are breaking out
pushing through the darkness
into the light
knowing that days will be
brighter, warmer, fuller
and all will be well

this too shall pass

Spring Hope

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Spring Hope

in a quiet corner
down by the church wall
spring is emerging
sending shoots of hope
into the cold winter air
come, spring
feel our welcome
I am thirsty
for your warmth

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