Category Archives: My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo: 3 June 2018

Pink RhododendronOn a day out this week, I was able to make the most of the weather and time of year by visiting the Lea Rhododendron Gardens in Derbyshire. I love these flowers, and the profusion of different colours and varieties growing there is stunning. While some of them were past their very best, there were still lots of perfect blooms.
I find all flowers photogenic, but these are especially so. The name is derived from Greek words, and really just means ‘rose tree’ although they are completely different from what we think of as a rose. Many have flowers that are various shades of pink and red, it’s true, but there are lots of other colours as well.
I chose this shot because it shows the beautifully delicate nature of the petals; the whole display was a photographer’s paradise!

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My Sunday Photo: 27 May 2018

Allium FlowerI always love seeing these vivid purple allium flowers. They are a marvellous combination of vivid colour and amazing shape and line. the blooms don’t last long, but one plant will have several blooms in succession. They have a faint scent, but enough to attract bees. This genus includes onions, garlic, and chives, so it’s little wonder that chive flowers are similar!

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My Sunday Photo: 20 May 2018

Beech 18 AircraftWhen I drove into the Leicestershire countryside yesterday, I knew nothing about this aircraft. I had stopped to eat, when I first heard, then saw it. I grabbed my camera, which fortunately had a long focal length zoom lens already fitted! Out of a few shots, I think this is the best, as the underside of the fuselage caught the sun in quite a spectacular manner.
It turns out that this machine is a Beech 18, registered in this country as G-BKGL. It was built some time during World War 2, and re-manufactured in 1951! It was participating in the Midlands Air Festival this weekend.

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My Sunday Photo: 13 May 2018

Trees in FlowerAlthough I love the spring sunshine, rain can, in its own way, be lovely too. I actually find walking in the rain very therapeutic – as long as I don’t get too soaked! This was what I saw yesterday evening. I loved the scent of the flowers on the trees, as well as the abundance of sheer shape and line, including the patterns made by the rain on the path. A great way to unwind…

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My Sunday Photo: 29 April 2018

Apple BlossomThe last couple of weeks or so have made a tremendous difference to gardens, as we might expect, given some warmer weather at last! All kinds of blossom are around us – on fruit trees, wild shrubs, and ornamental trees. I somehow never tire of apple blossom, though. The delicate blend of magenta and white complemented by the green of the leaves, and of course the scent, which I sadly can’t share in a photograph!

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My Sunday Photo: 22 April 2018

MagnoliaI’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!

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My Sunday Photo: 15 April 2018

Derbyshire in the RainToday, 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.

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My Sunday Photo: 8 April 2018

Magenta HyacinthI’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.

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