Changing Seasons – March 2019

March came in like the proverbial lion along with two storms which brought gale force winds to this area for over a week. Not only was it windy, but also cold – the wind cut right through you making going outdoors for even a few minutes, unpleasant. Thankfully towards the end of the month things changed and days were sunny again bringing forth the spring bulbs and flowers. Unfortunately I managed to turn awkwardly whilst doing a little light weeding and ended up with sciatica which is still ongoing. Walking is supposed to help so I have been doing a little, but on Wednesday I made the effort to return to George V Walk to capture what was new this month. I was delighted to be able to use my macro lens for the first time this year as there was very little breeze. And as it was such a glorious day I continued along to Hayle harbour and onto the beach.

(click on the collage to enlarge image)

George V Memorial Walk – march 27 2019
  • Row 1: Phormium (New Zealand flax) flower (macro), Skimmia Japonica flowers, Pink Osteospermum (macro), Yellow tulips, Violas
  •  Row 2: Coronilla glauca, Scilla peruviana (Portuguese squill), Sweet Alyssum, Aeonium, Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Row 3: Pieris flowers, Grevillea, Yellow tulip (macro), Snake’s head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), White Osteospermum (macro)
  • Row 4: Spanish bluebell, Argyranthemum, Euphorbia (macro), Species tulips, Oxalis (Wood sorrel)
  • Row 5: Mesembryanthemum (macro), White cherry blossom, Iris (macro), some lovely foliage, white narcissus (macro)

All these photos were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 using a 45mm prime lens and a 60mm macro lens.

The Changing Seasons | March


  1. pommepal says:

    Sorry to hear about the back, Jack had that once so I know how painful it is, hope it comes better soon. Such a colourful collage of beautiful blooms. We’ve Just arrived back in Oz and the garden is like a jungle, it has rained almost every day and it is COLD compared to NZ where they are in drought in the north island, only one day of drizzle the whole month we were there, in fact it was tropical, beautiful weather for us as visitors, disastrous for the farmers. Yet torrential rain in the South Island washing away a bridge and cutting off access to the west coast. Crazy weather down here….

  2. susurrus says:

    You put the lens to very good use! I’m sorry about your gardening injury and hope you soon feel better.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Susan, glad you enjoyed the flowers.

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Sorry to hear your back is still bothering you … but the flowers! oh my!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know, hopefully you will soon have some of your own.

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Yay for macro lenses. I want to lose myself in these beautiful flowers Jude. They are balm for any soul. I hope your back will be better very soon.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You need a very still day for the macro lens and that is rare here! I need to get the tripod out in my garden and have a go at using it to see if that improves my shots.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        I know what you mean. I have a ring-flash that fits on my macro lens; that helps a lot, and gives a lovely soft effect. Much easier than a tripod too 😀

  5. pommepal says:

    G’day Jude, we are back home 2 days ago, and I did enjoy your colourful collage of beautiful blooms. I do hope your back is improving. Jack has suffered from the same complaint a few years ago and couldn’t move for days. It rained here in our part of Oz almost every day we were away, so the garden is like a jungle. while the north island of NZ is parched and dry and drought declared in the Waikato only one day of drizzle in the 4 weeks we were there. Great for sight seeing, not good for the farmers.
    (I did put a comment in earlier today, but it seems to have disappeared, maybe I didn’t push the post button!!!)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Your comments ended up in the spam folder because you had the word ‘Jack’ in them and that is one of my key words for a spam filter. I used to get loads of comments with Jack in them which were clearly spam so I flagged the word. As I don’t appear to have had any recently I shall remove it so your poor Jack doesn’t fall foul of the rule again!

      1. pommepal says:

        Spam can certainly have strange connotations can’t they… pleased we worked that one out…

  6. Chloris says:

    Lovely spring flowers, I hope the back improves soon, this is’t the time of year for a bad back.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m trying to ignore it. It is actually worse when sitting or lying down, moving is better as long as I am careful how I bend.

  7. Oh what beautiful signs of Spring. I’m interested in macro photography and your post makes me hungry for more.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment.

  8. Cathy says:

    Hope the sciatica improves soon – but well done for still getting out and exercising. What a wonderful array of blooms you saw

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a pleasure walking alongside the Copperhouse pool. If only more walks like this were available.

  9. Oooh, lovely lovely flowers! Hope your back is bothering you less!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Still not right, but not as painful as it was so I am managing to get into the garden.

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