A pop of colour

The Welsh Poppies are blooming in all the random little corners where they like to hang out. There’s one under the hedge which is a little inconvenient as it’s so shady. This one was out in the sunshine though, letting its colour really pop!IMG_3442-EditIMG_3446-Edit

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Freshly Emerged

From behind the furry covering, the fresh yellow stamens are now appearing on the Willow catkins. They’re clean and new and fresh. Some are all the way out now, and others just peeking. They looked lovely in the sunshine yesterday morning ๐Ÿ™‚ย IMG_1580-Edit IMG_1581-Edit IMG_1577-Edit IMG_1579-Edit

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

Yellow Thirds

I was looking through my photos to see what would work with the Weekly Photo Challenge this week and picked out a few to ponder … then when I was finished I looked at what I’d come up with and discovered I accidentally had a theme emerging! Three photos showing thirds and bokeh … and also the colour Yellow ๐Ÿ™‚ These photos are all from last June/July. Hopefully I may get out for a bit today if the weather allows.

Buttercup Meadow
Buttercup Meadow
Flag Iris
Flag Iris
Hoverfly on Ragwort
Hoverfly on Ragwort

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Rule of Thirds.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Ok, so maybe it’s not perfect symmetry, but when these petals fully unfurl, this Celandine will be a perfect symmetrical star of sunshine. The centre part is already symmetrical anyway! One of the first spring flowers you see around here and such a welcome splash of colour in the hedgerow. This one is one of the first ones I’ve seen this year. I was focusing on the heart of the flower and lowering the exposure to keep from getting the yellow over-exposed (easily done) and this made the background slip away almost into darkness. I like the effect – like it’s unfurling out of the darkness of the winter into the sunshine of spring ๐Ÿ™‚
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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Symmetry.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow (2)

I went for a lovely little Christmas Eve walk today, and one of the main things that caught my eye was the gorse. It’s one of the few things in flower at the moment and it’s brightening up the village. It’s so nice to have a bit of sunshine today after several days of rain and cloud. It’s pretty cold though.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

When I saw the theme was yellow this week, it seemed perfect! I have more photos from the other day when I was mesmerised by my candle, and there’s definitely a lot of yellow going on…

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

Nestled

At the weekend I bought some flowers to photograph as there’s not so much outdoors at the moment.ย I like how the centre of this flower is nestled deep between its soft pink petals. And with a yellow flower behind it, there’s a lovely bright contrast with the background.

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Evening Primrose

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This was one of my better efforts at a nice raindrop photo. This time it contains Evening Primrose flowers. It’s a bit crisper and clearer than the one with my cat in it! The Evening Primroses are amazing – they’ve been flowering continually for months on end! And each time I think surely they’ve run out of buds some more appear. They brighten up the increasingly drab garden with a splash of sunshine yellow.

Here’s a close up of an Evening Primrose flower stigma all covered in pollen:

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If you like Evening Primrose flowers, my partner Bruce has a couple of nice photos of them in his latest Mid Wales Bug Safari too ๐Ÿ™‚

Daffodil Heart

IMG_8494The Daffodils are out in force now and looking lovely. I decided to get a close up shot, focusing on the stigma and stamens in the heart of this Daffodil and I’m pleased that I got the focus just as I wanted. Such a lovely bright colour to brighten up these early spring days ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Sign of Spring

IMG_8411Celandines are a great sign of springtime so it’s great to see them all around in the hedgerows at the moment. Just in the last week the numbers have swelled and they seem to be everywhere. Lovely little golden stars brightening everything up. I got in really close for this shot showing all the tiny stamens.

Soft Yellow

IMG_8445On a walk yesterday I took yet more photos of the Crocuses. I like how this one has come out so soft, yet is focused on the petals where I wanted it to be. I noticed later while processing, that there is a little creature in the top right of the photo – perhaps a small spider ๐Ÿ™‚

Gorse in the spotlight

IMG_8203-8I got out for a walk this morning! Yay! The sun was shining when I started but there were a couple of showers while I was out so I had to hide my camera in a plastic bag temporarily. I wonder if there is a better option for a quick cover up. Anyway I was out looking at the Snowdrops and Crocuses and on the way I stopped to look at the Gorse. Most of the bush was in shadow, but this flower stuck out into the sunshine, and it looked like it was in the spotlight ๐Ÿ™‚ I was pleased how it came out, and the dark background was a happy accident that makes it really stand out.

If you’d like to see more shots from my walk, please visit my Country Diary blog.