Winter in the Park

Think I may have explored every inch of our local park over the last 12 months. As it has become the source of our exercise, outdoor escape, and photographic inspiration.

The park goes through many changes during the seasons, some subtle and some not so much. From the daffodils in bloom in Spring, the wildflowers in Summer, the grass showered in the golden leaves of Autumn, to the frozen landscapes & stick figure trees in Winter.

In Winter especially when it snows the park becomes a Winter Wonderland. I love how the snow frames the stream that runs along the edge of the park and how the trees look almost like silhouettes against the blankets of snow.

Winter may not be my favourite season, but snow brings me a little flurry of joy amidst the Winter blues. #MomentsOfJoy

Bleak Mid-Winter

Although I’m definitely not a fan of Winter, the recent snowfall has made for some nice photographic opportunities without having to venture out too far.

While out for a Winter’s walk there was quite a dense mist coming in over the fields and intermittent flurries of snow, which created some really atmospheric snow scenes. The weather may have been a bit bleak but the chilly Winter’s air was actually quite refreshing and wasn’t too cold.

As you have probably gathered there was one particular tree that caught my attention. After spending some time and many shots later trying to get the perfect photograph, I think I have achieved what I had hoped for. These particular shots although they may look black & white are in fact in colour.

I almost never go out with an image in mind of what I want to capture, a theme maybe but never a final image. I let the world around me just happen and see what catches my eye and my imagination. This Winter’s walk was no exception.

Snowfall

The first snow of 2021 has fallen, just to confirm that Winter is definitely here, in case we didn’t realise that already. So now here in the UK we find ourselves in a frozen COVID lockdown, I guess the snow confirms that we now have had every season during the various COVID pandemic lockdowns.

As of 5th January 2021 here in the UK we find ourselves in our 3rd national COVID lockdown (although in lot of ways it feels like the lockdown has been ongoing since the initial lockdown in March 2020). As you may have seen from my lack of posts recently (due to work commitments and lack of motivation) I’ve not been out much with my camera to take new shots. Autumn pretty much passed me by, then suddenly Winter was here.

Although I hate being cold, weirdly it was the snow that motivated me to get outside for a walk and take some photos of the snow. We are still allowed to go outside for daily exercise (adhering to the COVID guidelines of course). Thankfully these snowy scenes were only just a few meters from our house. So I was able to enjoy the great frozen outdoors without venturing too far.

Bumblebee

Bees may not bee (pun very much intended) everyone’s favourite insect. However they are very important to the life-cycle of our planet, and how can you not love these little pollinators? They may not be the easiest subject to photograph (patience is definitely required to get the perfect shot) but when you get that perfect clear shot they are interesting subjects. Its not always easy to see them in full detail with the naked eye, but armed with my trusted zoom/macro lens I can capture them in all their glory.

Strawflowers

Earlier this year we planted some Strawflowers, which I have taken various photos of during the summer. Although these are the first photos that I have shared on my website so far. These flowers have intrigued me as they are unlike most flowers that I have seen as they change appearance everyday depending on the weather. So they have provided me with endless photographic inspiration since we planted them.

Today’s rain caused their bright yellow paper-like petals to conceal their orange centres, which look amazing when the flowers are in full bloom in the sun. So far they have been very hardy plants since planting them back in the Spring. I’m hoping that they survive through Winter and continue to bloom next year. I may have to keep a look out for other varieties to add to our garden.

The COVID-19 pandemic this year has definitely made me look closer to home for photographic inspiration, and I can’t get much closer to home than our own back garden. We are slowly adding interesting flowers and plants to create our own little patch of nature to relax in. The added bonus of our own little patch of nature, apart from helping wildlife, means lots of photographic inspiration for me in the form of flowers to garden wildlife.

As we have the next two weeks off on holiday, although exploring further afield may be difficult with pandemic restrictions I’m sure I will have find at least a few opportunities to get out with my camera.

English Lavender

Most of my photography usually involves going out exploring the world around me to find that certain “something” that captures my interest. These photos were taken a little closer to home, in our own garden in fact.

Over the past three years I’ve been growing our own little lavender patch. This year our lavender looks to have really bedded in and has produced some lovely blooms. I have tried to grow lavender (French Lavender) in the past with no success. Making the choice to plant English Lavender to add to our little expanding garden has really paid off, and of course it has given me another homegrown flower to photograph.

The small intricate flowers that make up the flower heads of the English Lavender can be a challenge to photograph. I wanted to try and achieve a soft focus to match the softness of the lavender but still capture the detail flowers. I think I have achieved this in most of the shots taken.

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