Rhododendron

I know I keep saying this lately, one of the things that I have been so grateful for during the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic / lockdown is being healthy enough to venture out for walks. Although I’m working from home more these days I’m enjoying the extra time from not having to travel as much. Spending some of this extra time enjoying what nature has for us in our surrounding parks and streets has been a god send. Of course this leads to lots of photographic inspiration.

I loved this Rhododendron bush and how it seems to have captured the sunlight so perfectly. Made me think of hazy summer days although I captured these shots in Spring. We’ve been contemplating planting a Rhododendron bush in our own garden, but seeing how quick it can spread and how big they can grow it might not be the best fit for our little garden paradise.

As I have been able to spend a little more time out taking photos so far this year, I now need to find sometime to actually post some of the photos I have taken.

Wild June

Throughout June I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trusts annual “30 Days Wild” challenge, which I have modified slightly from taking part in something wildlife/nature related to a wildlife/nature photo challenge. The concept has been the same I have been able to enjoy the nature and wildlife around me.

As I predicted, I find committing to daily challenges, well, quite frankly, a challenge! I managed to see the challenge through until the end of June even if I may not have shared photos every day. The extra spare time of being in lockdown has definitely helped, allowing me more time to spend connecting with nature. While abiding by our lockdown guidelines obviously. I have enjoyed connecting with nature more through my photography and I am sure that to some extent it has helped me survive lockdown.

Because I can’t just take one photo when I’m on a photo expedition most of my daily photos are part of a larger series of photos that I have taken on that day, which I have not shared the additional shots as part of this challenge. I shall share these as future portfolio posts.

Spring is Upon Us

During these times of lockdown that the UK finds itself in at present due to COVID-19. As we are all self-isolating at home and self-distancing when we do have to go out, it is even more important to take a moment to enjoy the natural world around us.

Following Government Social Distancing guidelines we are currently allowed to go out for daily exercise. So we are going out for walks as part of our daily exercise outings. During these exercise outings we are trying to make the most of our walks to take a moment to connect with nature. As Spring is upon us, and It can’t be officially British Springtime until the daffodils are in full bloom. The park opposite us is always a wash with daffodils at this time of year. So during one of our recent walks I took a moment to capture these beautiful signs of Spring.

We all can take the world around us for granted from time to time, its time to take a moment and enjoy our world and mother nature.

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Dhalia’s in the Rain

Springtime

Wild Flowers of Summer

Dahlias

Of late my attentions have turned to wonders of our botanical world. On this occasion our own garden is home to this posts subject: Dahlia ‘Bishop of Leicester’.

Thistles

On our recent trip back to Aberdeen to visit family and friends we took some time out to visit the Botanical Gardens at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology campus; Cruickshank Botanic Garden.

The gardens were in bloom with many different flowers and plants, their collection of Giant Thistles is what captured my attention.

First Daffodils of Spring

Spring is definitely in full bloom with daffodils starting to appear along in parks, gardens, and along hedgerows. Confirming spring has most certainly arrived. The weather wasn’t the best, a typical rainy spring day, but the flowers managed to brighten up what was a rather wet and misty day. Hopefully I can capture some more shots on a day when the weather is brighter.

Spring has Sprung

I’m not a big fan of winter so it is nice to see the start of Spring and the hope that the colder weather is behind us for another year. Our garden is showing the first signs of Spring with our first blooms Crocuses. I have to admit I do not remember planting these but they look lovely all the same.

Recently I certainly haven’t had to venture far to capture nature, it is literally on my doorstep. This is the first time that I have been out with my camera this year. Looking forward to the warmer weather to come and getting out to explore more.

Last Hint of Summer

Although we may now be in early December there is still a hint of summer that lingers on. Some of the summer flowers in our garden have weathered the autumn months and lasting in to the start of winter. This gave me the perfect opportunity to test out my new zoom/macro lens to capture the last hint of summer.

Bluebells

I spent the afternoon yesterday at Graves Park, Sheffield. After all the cold weather we have had it’s nice to see some of the spring flowers out in bloom. Graves Park spans between the Sheffield Districts of Woodseats, Norton, and Meadowhead covering 91.9 hectares. The park includes thousand year old woodland, as well as an animal park, golf course, and bowling green.

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