I’ve always loved to see magnolia flowers in spring, but only recently have I come across this stellated kind, which also has a lovely scent. Most flowers can help to lift one’s mood, but this one appeals because of its delicate structure – it seems to symbolise a certain gentleness, somehow. It is also unbelievably white, almost dazzling by day!It's kind to share!
Today, in Derbyshire, it rained. That’s not always a bad thing. Misty rain adds a strange, almost surreal, depth to pictures, especially at certain times of the year. Tree shapes take on a depth caused by the relative distance of trees from the camera. When you are actually there, alone, you can experience a sense of quiet awe.It's kind to share!
I’ve always loved flowers that have a scent, so I was pleased to find this hyacinth in flower today. I love this colour, too, although it’s hard to have a favourite colour when it comes to hyacinths. I’m afraid I can’t give you the scent over the internet! Lots of other flowers are coming out now, which is great for lifting the mood.It's kind to share!
I found this little primrose only today, and decided it was worth a photo. I think it’s amazing how flowers like this, having such delicate structures as they do, open out after such severe weather. It seems like a triumphal display when it happens.It's kind to share!
Yesterday, I woke up to find that I was without one of the commodities that most of us in the Western world take for granted: water from our taps. It transpired that this was the result of a large main having burst. The necessary repair was no five-minute job, and the main supplies a small local reservoir for my area. Hence, this was the scene near where I live, yesterday evening. Water brought by tankers was being pumped into the local mains through a hydrant, so as to temporarily restore the supply. Being without water for several hours was an inconvenience, but it made me think of how many people in other parts of the world still have to travel for miles, every day, in order to get water!It's kind to share!
Today, as I was nearby, I went to look at the lake at Wollaton Park. It’s not very often that it freezes, but I knew it would have done this time. Although the thaw had now begun in earnest, there was an eerie sense of desolation, which I think the misty background conveys in this picture. There were actually very few people about.It's kind to share!
Despite the cold, this hardy shrub reliably survives and flowers. Witch hazel, or hamamelis mollis, has a subtle scent that will remind you, if you are a certain age, of that hanky you were given to dab on a bruise! This species is both useful and beautiful. I’ve featured it here before, but I somehow don’t get tired of it…It's kind to share!
And so another week bring spring a little closer; I noticed these white crocuses today – a welcome sight, despite being still in tight bud, as you can see. Buds like this are, I think, both intrinsically beautiful and symbolic, like a promise of the new growing season to come.It's kind to share!
I’m posting this picture here today to illustrate the effort that is put into restoration work on rolling stock at heritage railways around the country, mostly by volunteers. Hundreds of man hours will go into the restoration of just one coach. The work will involve metalworkers, woodworkers, mechanics, electricians, painters, and more. This coach here will one day be serviceable and look beautiful. Remember that when you visit a heritage railway and buy tickets, you are supporting a piece of this country’s history. Thank you.It's kind to share!