Yesterday evening, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway ran a special service – a steam-hauled trip from Wirksworth to Duffield and back, with a jazz trio on board, and the newly-restored bar coach fully operational! Here, the Henry Ellison prepares to pull the train back to Wirksworth. I always find there’s something rather charismatic about trains at dusk, especially when there’s a steam loco involved!It's kind to share!
And so, to bluebell time; I didn’t have to look very far today, for a sight like this, in a country lane. What I love, though, is the opportunity to appreciate flowers in the wild, all mixed up, so to speak, the apparent randomness giving an extra beauty. That’s not to say that I don’t like formal gardens sometimes, but rather that the contrast is refreshing!It's kind to share!
Yes, it’s another tulip picture – even though I posted one only two weeks ago! The main excuse for this is the colour of these ones. Some of you know already how much I love magenta. Green, incidentally, is its complement, in terms of the physics of light and colour, as magenta combines red and blue.
I’m not too sure of the composition, here (I’ve given you the full frame, as shot) but my main intention was to capture the delicate look of the thin petals in the evening sun. In think the shallow depth of field, and hence the blurring of the background and most of the blooms seems to work, though.
I took this shot only today. Out in the nearby countryside, enjoying gorgeous sunshine, it really seemed that less really was more. So I resorted to a technique I’ve discussed before: using the concept of negative space to make a statement. This says SPRING!It's kind to share!
I take heart when it’s tulip time again! To me, it somehow makes a bold statement about the time of year – a season of new life, new strength, and vivid colour. I loved finding these red ones just coming into full flower!It's kind to share!
Yesterday, as I found this gorse bush in full flower, I felt cheered up – it’s a plant I love for its vivid colour. But a photo seemed just very ‘ordinary’ at first. Then I remembered something I often tell other people; lighting is everything. I moved round, and shot almost into the sun, so that some of the colour is from transmitted light (not just reflected light) and the background is much darker. I found the high contrast suited the subject.It's kind to share!
Yesterday was, for me, the day of the teddy-bear. This has nothing to do with soft toys, or Chinese New Year, or anything like that. Let me explain:
‘Double heading’, where two locomotives pull the same train, isn’t uncommon. What is uncommon, here, is the almost laughable difference between the two locos. The rear one is powerful but nothing very unusual, but I’d never seen anything like the front one before. You’ll notice how much like a small steam loco it looks! Their diesel engine growl earned these small locos the name ‘teddy bears’. The idea was that they would replace many ageing saddle tank steamers, enabling branch lines to continue to operate.
A certain Mr B. had other ideas. Don’t get me started…
My faithful friend, Erica! I’ve always loved this flower, and I was glad to find this clump yesterday, where it decorated a small station garden at a heritage railway. Lots more spring flowers are coming out now; it’s always cheering to see them.It's kind to share!
No, not a flower picture today, although I’ve seen a few more spring flowers this week. This picture is more meaningful to me just now.
Yesterday (Saturday) I was out doing ordinary things, like routine shopping, and happened to be feeling rather despondent about a few things, when this lovely rainbow came into view in a very grey sky. It cheered me up – a lot. You know, you can’t just order a rainbow, or go and buy one. they just come when the conditions are right. As far as I was concerned, it was exactly the right time.
I wondered if I would get a sight like this by this weekend! Despite Storm Doris, I found this first tiny tête-a-tête daffodil today, next to some open, but rather battered, white crocuses. This makes spring another stage nearer, surely?It's kind to share!