Witch hazel, or hamamelis mollis is one of the lovely shrubs that flower in winter. This one is in my dad’s garden; the flowers have a characteristic sweet scent. A very cheering sight on a dull winter day, and actually quite easy to grow.It's kind to share!
Looking around rather dejectedly (the dull weather wasn’t helping) I came across this clump of shoots – probably from daffodil bulbs. I know this isn’t much to look at in itself, but it was enough to cheer me up somewhat; a promise of better things to come!It's kind to share!
Some of you already well know my fascination with reflections. This one caught my attention the other day; the rather surreal look is due to a thin film of ice on the surface of the water of the lake. I’m not always fond of winter, but this kind of thing makes me feel it’s worth braving the cold weather, and going for a walk!It's kind to share!
Wednesday last week began with a heavy white frost. This provides great opportunity for outdoor photography; frost does amazing things with the shapes and lines in plants, and bright sunlight at a low angle gives added punch. You just have to brave the climate, and get out there quickly!It's kind to share!
I’m just taking a few moments to post this photo, taken only today. What impressed me as I ventured out just a short way was the amazing sunlight. Although this picture isn’t particularly to do with Christmas, it did remind me of what the real message is about – the light of the world.It's kind to share!
I was frantically looking for something even slightly festive for today’s picture. Sadly, the holly had no berries, and its leaves were only wet, instead of decked with snow. Then I found this. It has the rather imposing name of gaultheria procumbens. To you or me, that’s boxberry, eastern teaberry, or American wintergreen. That last name, I think, is quite a bit Christmassy. And the snow? We’ll just have to wait and see…It's kind to share!
Once again, I’m illustrating the effects of our recent strange weather patterns. This beech hedge would normally remain dormant until spring, but yesterday I noticed these buds had appeared. What will happen to them next? I don’t know…It's kind to share!
Today I wanted a cheery picture for the tail end of autumn, and I spotted the effect of sunshine on this pelargonium flower. The reflection in the window glass behind it gives an artistic feel – this was quite accidental!It's kind to share!
Ecclesiastical architecture is often both an incredible source of shape and line, and a proliferation of stunning detail. This example – an East Midlands parish church – doesn’t disappoint. It’s worth remembering that all this was designed and built long before the time of computers, of even power tools as we have them now. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, have a look at the vine detail at the bottom of the arch, each side!It's kind to share!
I found this scene just today, while travelling through a nearby area of this amazing county. I noticed evidence of recent high winds, and so I don’t expect we shall have scenes like this one for much longer, but it did seem to typify something which is so special about England. And, of course, that cloudy sky was changing by the minute, as England’s sky always does.It's kind to share!