Changing Seasons – April

Month FOUR of my photographer’s nature journal. Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now! ~ Robert…

Changing Seasons – March

Month three of my photographer’s nature journal. What an unexpected start to the month! March began with the sort of weather I never expected to see in Cornwall, especially this far west. The sprinkling of snow we had on 6th February was nothing compared to the several inches that arrived on the frigid winds from…

Changing Seasons – February

Month two of my photographer’s nature journal. February 1st was a pleasant start to the month. Blue skies, clouds and sunshine along with a bitterly cold wind. I saw eight magpies close to the house, the most I have seen at any one time. I like magpies (Pica pica). They are handsome and intelligent birds…

Changing Seasons – January

I mentioned earlier in the month that I would be illustrating the natural world close to home this year – a sort of photographer’s nature journal. I have also decided to link it to the Changing Seasons Photography Challenge, hosted this year by Su Leslie. A very talented Kiwi lady who lives in Auckland. January…

Monthly Photo Challenge: May

June already? How can that be possible? Where on earth did May go to? I neglected the blogging world during May – I do have one or two excuses – mainly a shockingly slow connection to the broadband which makes any online work painful and also an illness I can’t seem to shake off. Feeling…

Monthly Photo Challenge: April Again

Well, April has been a surprise. Practically a whole month of sunshine, though sometimes accompanied by a chilly north wind, but I can’t complain. It has been glorious weather and much dryer than normal. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing for everyone. There have been some beautiful sunsets and I even managed to go out…

Monthly Photo Challenge: March

Oh, March, where did you go to so quickly? You flew by without me noticing and without my usual photo excursions. You started off raging like a lion, fierce winds ripped through the garden and down the chimney flue causing it to whistle and whine and making it too dangerous to light the fire. This…

Monthly Photo Challenge: February

February: the month we received the keys to our new home in our new county one year ago. To celebrate we went for lunch at a Rick Stein restaurant (he of Padstein reputation), in Porthleven a lovely little fishing village on the south coast near Helston. Fortunately during the winter months we get some decent…

Monthly Photo Challenge: January

January always feels like the dullest month of the year. After the excesses and visitors over Christmas there has to be a lull. Fortunately here in the south-west we haven’t seen any of the really cold weather that has plagued the rest of the country and have had temperatures around 10°C most of the time….

Monthly Photo Challenge: December

December, the beginning of the meteorological winter, started off sunny and cold. A good time to nip out with the camera and see what was happening in the countryside. Lots of Christmas markets and other events happening in the county, but it’s not something I really celebrate now. Maybe as you get older the whole…