delicate colours

delicate (adj.) – very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality / dainty / graceful / elegant I suppose we think of delicate colours as those that are very pale; pastels, ethereal, soft. So I had a look around the lanes and my walk along George V yesterday to try and capture…

bees and one butterfly

pastime (noun) –  an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby. I don’t have many pastimes. Mainly gardening and photography take up my time now that I am retired. So flower photography is pretty much a given. What I do like to do at this time of year is try…

wild landscapes

Wednesday began the start of easing the country (England) out of the tough lockdown restrictions that we have had for the last 8 weeks. Some people will be returning to work, garden centres are allowed to reopen, and we can go further afield to exercise as long as we like, though we still can’t meet…

cropping the shot

This week Patti (one of the lens-artist group of talented photographers) has asked us to consider the value and necessity of cropping a shot as a way to bring out its best qualities. I use cropping a lot. For Becky’s square challenge (usually posted on Travel Words) a lot of images have to be cropped…

wild landscapes

The Bluebell Walk Bluebells in Cornwall often grow in the open and not just in broadleaf woodlands or the outer edges. I see more bluebells in the lanes and on the hill than in the wood. I think of them as May flowers, but they seem to appear in April now, maybe because Aprils over…

wild landscapes

One of the first native hedgerows to flower is the Blackthorn. There is a lot of it around the Cornish lanes and along with the new Gorse shrubs flowering it looks lovely. This year the blossom seems to have been fleeting. Perhaps that has something to do with the rather warm and dry March weather…

The George V Walk in Lockdown

During April most of my walks have been confined to the lanes around my home or up on ‘my’ hill (the one you can see in the background of the header photo and yes, that is how high up our house is). I have been doing my shopping at a small Tesco supermarket not too…

wild landscapes

Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) – wildflowers of the Carrot family Smyrnium olusatrum is a hairless biennial umbellifer growing to a height of 1.5m. The yellowish-green glossy leaves are divided and bluntly toothed. Young stems are solid but become hollow when old; the upper branches are usually opposite. Alexanders grows wild in most coastal parts of Britain…

The Lanes in April

Since the ‘step back from society’ took place in mid March I have been confined to exploring the area around my home. Places that I have explored in detail many, many times before and in 2018 I recorded the changes of nature throughout the entire year. So I feel as though I know these lanes…

wild landscapes

The Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) is a cheerful sight in the bottom of the Cornish hedges right now. It has tiny kidney-shaped leaves and the shining buttercup yellow faces are a good source of early pollen and nectar for pollinating insects. Considered a weed, they are not too invasive and it has the odd habit…