31 March 2012

Blowin' in the Wind


Blowin' in the Wind

A lone feather which had got hooked on to a twig. 

 Title of course taken from the fabulous song by Mr Bob Dylan. I've always loved the lyrics to this song.

28 March 2012

Friendly Pony

Friendly Pony

This chap/chapess (I didn't notice which!) was very interested in me taking pictures of blossom in the hedgerows last week. He/she didn't seem to mind me turning the camera in his/her direction either.

26 March 2012

Hawthorn Blossom

Hawthorn Blossom

I knew where, locally, there would be plenty of blossom, but hadn't been able to get there until the end of last week. As you can see, lots of the petals had already dropped, and it was like walking along a footpath decorated with confetti. I have a few blossomy shots with which to bore you in the coming days, weeks and months, but will try to space them out a bit so you don't overdose. :D

25 March 2012

Forsythia

Forsythia

Right back in my comfort zone today with some forsythia, which I photographed when out for a little wander in the spring sunshine we are currently having in our part of the UK. 

Flowering forsythia is always a sign that Spring is well and truly springing.

24 March 2012

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence" ~ Robert Fripp


"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."

I think people shots are a bit of a weakness of mine, photographically speaking, so am going to make a concerted attempt to try to take a few more. With a view to that, I persuaded my daughter to come with me for a little photo shoot during the week, after we'd dropped her brother at football training. 

 Music is very important to her, so I felt one of her guitars would make a great prop. We both quite like this shot, and she thinks it would be cool as an album cover.

22 March 2012

Poppy - March '12

Poppy - March 12

Poppy, my next door neighbour's cat, kept a close eye on me when I went round there last week to photograph the pink blossom in 'her' garden. She sat there the whole time, watching me - as though someone clambering up a wall to take a picture of some pink flowers was something unusual!

21 March 2012

First Day of Spring


First Day of Spring

Today is, according to my kids, the first day of Spring. Hooray! I wanted to create a 'spring' picture which wasn't my usual flower macro. 

 PS. There are now no Cadbury's Mini Eggs left. At all.

19 March 2012

Upside Down


Upside Down

Not a great shot, but it was lovely to see a ladybird being active in January - on a Senecio Cineraria plant. The overlaid texture is one of my own.

17 March 2012

Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom

With thanks to my next door neighbour for letting me visit her garden on Wednesday afternoon to photograph the blossom there whilst the sun was shining.

16 March 2012

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe 

 I bought this melon to eat, but then looked at the skin, and wondered if it would make a nice photo.

15 March 2012

Oxford Street Black and White

Oxford Street B&W

Oxford Street 2

A couple of evening shots of Oxford streets. One day I am going to get on one of those open topped buses and photograph Oxford from up there. I've lived in Oxfordshire (although this bit was once Berkshire) all my life and have never done it! Rather noisy and grainy, but there's something about them I like.

14 March 2012

Colours

Colours

Those of you who have been regulars to my photo stream for some time will know I have a tendency to 'lose' memory cards. Well, not exactly lose ... I just put them down somewhere and then forget about them. Anyway, I realised I hadn't yet edited my pictures from Christmas so had a scout around and found a memory card under a pile of papers on the coffee table. Sure enough, there were my pictures from Christmas - with this one amongst them. A rose from a bunch my mum had bought.

12 March 2012

An Evening with Joan Baez


An Evening With Joan Baez

I went to the theatre in Oxford with my brother last week to see a fundraising performance of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'. There were lots of posters outside advertising future events, and I particularly liked this one of Joan Baez.Below is a sneaky shot I took of the stage before many people were there. Those of you who are familiar with the Radio 4 programme, will not be surprised to learn that the lovely Samantha never did quite make it, so her chair remained empty all evening.

  Inside The Theatre

9 March 2012

Hellebores

Hellebore

Hellebore 2

Shot taken up on The Ridgeway on Leap Day - when I was looking for snowdrops. I shall have to go again in the next 10 days or so to see if these are in full bloom.

8 March 2012

Tiers of Snow

Tiers of Snow

A spiky plant which, during the snow last month, collected little mounds of snowflakes on its leaves and in the junctions between thorns, leaves and stem. 

 Shot taken at the local park.

7 March 2012

Tulip Blush


Tulip Blush

If you're a regular viewer, you'll get used to the fact that I photograph tulips ... I find them endlessly photogenic. These were so beautiful - subtle and understated.

5 March 2012

Winter Hydrangea

Hydrangea in Winter

Hydrangeas are one of those flowering plants which are beautiful all year round - whether the big mop of flowers are in colourful bloom, or like this - brown and crisp.

3 March 2012

Collage of Mr Dove

Collage of Mr Dove

I have a couple of collared doves who visit the feeder every day. They are so lovely to watch. Unlike the pigeons, they are not greedy. They always arrive and leave together - each one waits whilst the other eats and drinks. Mr Dove is bigger than his partner, and his feathers are darker. He also has a wider 'collar' - Mrs Dove's collar is very slim.

1 March 2012

Snowdrops

Snowdrops 

Snowdrops on Leap Day 

Thus far this year, I hadn't taken any shots of snowdrops. I saw them in bud up on The Ridgeway when I was there in the snow, so hoped they'd now be in full bloom. I went back up there yesterday, and there they were, looking lovely. I think I was alone up there, so nobody got to see me lying on the floor, getting all muddy, and covered in dead leaves.