A walk around the local countryside and a garden.
A few weeks ago, I visited these lovely gardens. One side is predominantly woodland, the other side is more formal gardens.
In the woodland were bluebells, azaleas, rhododendrons and red campions.
Young leaves growing on an Acer tree.
A close-up of a bluebell.
A close-up of a Rhododendron flower.
Young Acer leaves with sunshine behind them.
A Bluebell close-up.
Close-up of small white and pink flowers.
The Water Garden.
Sometimes you re-discover photos you forgot you had. Here are some from Iceland.
The ever-changing Icelandic weather.
The statue of Leifur Eiríksson outside Hallgrímskirkja, the first European to arrive in America.
View from Reykjavik harbour.
Alaskan lupine. An invasive plant species taking over Iceland. https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/why-iceland-is-turning-purple/
View from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, looking towards Reykjavik harbour.
Geysir geothermal area – iron rich soils contrast with the azure hot springs.
A bit of landscape photography from the Yorkshire Dales. A tranquil scene of snowdrops growing beside a small stream, protected by moss-covered dry stone walls.
There are many sheep farms. Worth a look … Yorkshire shepherdess
Traditional farming landscapes of field barns and dry stone walls in the valley of Wensleydale. In Winter, cattle were kept in these barns and fed with hay. The landscape has been farmed for thousands of years. Prior to this, it was covered in woodland.
The Yorkshire Dales is famous for its limestone scenery. The grey rock was formed from the shells and skeletons of billions of sea creatures, laid down millions of years ago in tropical oceans. Ancient glaciers moving over the landscape and then rainwater over thousands of years, produced the cracks (or grykes) of the landscape that exists today. In the distance is the Ribblehead Viaduct, built by 1000 navvies in Victorian times. It has 24 arches and is part of the Settle to Carlisle railway line.
A dilapidated building in the middle of the moors.
Dry stone walls are the largest man-made feature of the dales. There are approximately 5000 miles of them. They are ‘dry’ because there is no mortar holding them together.
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.
These images were not intended to be beautiful and colourful. I wanted to capture the stark, British countryside during winter-time, with its dull, steely grey sky and harsh textures. They were taken on a cold, blustery, rainy afternoon using a high ISO and varying manual settings to deliberately enhance grain and noise.