Just Blossom & Magnolia.

Not much else to say really ….

other than it it believed that the first flower, which existed 140 million years ago, resembled a Magnolia https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/revealed-the-first-flower-140-million-years-old-looked-like-a-magnolia/ and that they were therefore in existence before bees!

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The Fibonacci sequence in nature

When I saw this plant, ‘Fibonacci sequence’ popped into my head. I have heard of the term ‘Fibonacci sequence in nature,’ but know little about it. So I did some investigating. The Fibonacci sequence starts like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on forever. Each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. 

It appears throughout nature from the design of shells, to the way tree branches grow out of trees, to the development of leaf veins, the pattern of seedheads, the positioning of flower petals (think roses), even the shape of tropical storms. It has been described as “the code of nature’ and runs through the cosmos – even appearing in spiral galaxies. Isn’t nature clever?

 

The Golden Hour

Light. That crucial factor in photography. The golden hour is the period of time just after sunrise or before sunset, which gives a beautiful, golden hue to landscape and portrait pictures. The low angle of the sun makes the shadows softer and longer. The diffused light can emphasize textures and produce specific effects.

The actual duration depends on where you live in the world (and time of year), so if you live near the equator it can be very short as sunset is quickly followed by darkness. Whereas, further north (near the Arctic circle) or south during Spring and Autumn, it can last in excess of an hour.

There is even an app which tells you the time and duration of the Golden Hour, the Blue Hour (just before sunrise and just after sunset), sunrise, sky index, light index as well as celestial events for anywhere you live in the world. All of course, subject to local weather conditions…

But there’s something magical about capturing pictures with that golden glow.

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This blossom was in a small, wooded dell which was quite dark. The sun came out just before sunset and it appears as if it has been taken with a camera flash.

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The long shadows from the light give an additional focus to the crocuses.

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A carpet of snowdrops …

One week later and the snowdrops were out in force! Galanthus nivalis is one species which self-seeds and spreads quickly. Bees use snowdrops for nectar, when not many other plants are flowering.

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Winter flowers

It was great to see the RHS garden coming to life last weekend. Not only were there snowdrops, but also daffodils, miniature cyclamen, winter aconite and dwarf crested iris. 

I managed to get a macro shot of a winter blooming camellia.fullsizeoutput_114

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Then there was this very strange one – Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Grandiflora.’ An unusual looking flower, which is generally pest and disease free – according to the RHS. It originates from the Himalayas and was introduced in the 1850’s. It is tricky to cultivate, but produces fragrant blooms if successful.fullsizeoutput_10e

Finally – my abstract version of the red witch hazel.fullsizeoutput_10b

 

Snowdrops

They’re here!!!!

The botanical name for snowdrops is ‘Galanthus.’ The name is thought to come from the Greek word ‘gala’ meaning milk – like the colour of the plant. There are 2500 varieties of snowdrop.

According to folklore, snowdrops should not be brought into the home because it may signify impending death.

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