My Sunday Photo: 3 December 2017

Mistletoe in Apple TreeDecember again, already…! I noticed how much of this there was in an old apple tree I have. Somehow, it’s strange to think of mistletoe as a parasitic plant; there’s no such thing as a mistletoe tree!
Until fairly recently, mistletoe was considered to be little more than a pest that damaged the host tree (other than its links with Christmas time!) but it does, in fact, make a positive ecological contribution.

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My Sunday Photo: 26 November 2017

IMGP1978Today, I wanted to convey the wintery chill along with the autumn colours. I found how to do this without really thinking about it very much. As it happened, it was convenient to shoot into the afternoon light, giving the bluish reflections from the wet leaves near the top of the picture. Does it make you shiver?

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My Sunday Photo: 19 November 2017

English Landscape DetailI took this shot only today. Out in the countryside, I happened to notice The way the sunlight was lighting up what appears to be a kind of clearing in this wooded area (this photo was taken from some distance away.) At this time of year, there are often interesting effects like this, due to the low angle of the sun’s rays.

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My Sunday Photo: 12 November 2017

Sage in AutumnThis week I went looking for something different from my usual autumn pictures, and here it is. Amazingly, sage just keeps growing, almost defying the approach of winter – this is lovely if you use it for cooking!
I love looking for the shape and line in all plants; here, the almost monochrome look also appeals to me – remember, monochrome doesn’t have to be¬†black and white!

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My Sunday Photo: 29 October 2017

Fuchsia in AutumnIt never fails to amaze me, how some flowers just keep going until autumn is well on its way through! Although sometimes there doesn’t seem to much about in the way of floral cheer, I found this in my father’s garden only yesterday. This particular variety seems to hang on incredibly well – usually until the first severe frost. And magenta is a colour I love – or have ¬†mentioned that before?

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My Sunday Photo: 22 October 2017

Red Sun in Dusty SkyI know this isn’t much of a photo, but I’m putting it here this week as a reminder of what happened last Monday (16/10/17.) That morning there was a most weird effect in the sky; it appeared to be filled with a greenish-yellow fog, with the sun itself showing as a faint red ball – which could be directly observed with no risk of eye damage! This was evidently caused by a mixture of desert dust from the Sahara, and smoke from forest fires in Spain, all brought to Britain by winds that were part of Storm Ophelia. At one point, just after midday, I needed to put lights on to see, indoors!
I have seen this effect before, but not very often. I haven’t edited this photo, other than to crop it; this was pretty much how the scene looked.

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My Sunday Photo: 15 October 2017

England in AutumnFor the time of year, I don’t think it can get much more English than this. At least, that was how I felt as I saw this vista in South Derbyshire, yesterday. I always get very thoughtful when I find scenes like this one; I think of so many young men from towns and villages, marching away to war, many of them never to return. Does anyone else feel this way?

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My Sunday Photo: 8 October 2017

Silk Tassel BushAt this time of year, although there are lots of wild fruits and berries, there are not so many other exciting plants to look at. This one, however, is of note – the silk tassel bush, or Garrya elliptica. Its stunning catkins last into the winter. Today, they caught my eye by the light of the morning sun.

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That Firefly Phil bloke, still knocking out photography and other stuff.