Miscellaneous

A walk around the local countryside and a garden.

Several fields are growing this crop of beautiful blue and purple flowers.
Hoverflies feeding on the pollen of blackberry flowers. Blackberries are already beginning to form, a sign that Autumn is not far away.
Pink flower with cow parsley.
The curious Peacock.
The last of the pink peonies.
A small meadow with cow parsley.
Barley.

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Sissinghurst Gardens & Castle – Part I

A visit to the world-famous gardens of Vita Sackville-West and a chance to experiment with manual settings and light and shade.
Vita often wrote of Sissinghurst: ‘The heavy golden sunshine enriched the old brick with a kind of patina, and made the tower cast a long shadow across the grass, like the finger of a gigantic sundial veering slowly with the sun. Everything was hushed and drowsy and silent but for the coo of the white pigeons.’
Sunshine lighting up flowers.
Irises. If only Monet had been alive to see this garden …
Chamomile flowers growing in the vegetable garden area.
Beautiful, delicate flowers.
Sunlight highlighting a flower in the shade.
Meadow flowers and grasses swaying in the wind, in the wilderness of the Orchard area.
Interesting capture of light and shadows.
Light.

Green Island Gardens

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.

Memories of Iceland

Sometimes you re-discover photos you forgot you had. Here are some from Iceland.

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The ever-changing Icelandic weather.

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The statue of Leifur Eiríksson outside Hallgrímskirkja, the first European to arrive in America.

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View from Reykjavik harbour.

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Alaskan lupine. An invasive plant species taking over Iceland. https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/why-iceland-is-turning-purple/

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View from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, looking towards Reykjavik harbour.

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Geysir geothermal area – iron rich soils contrast with the azure hot springs.

The Yorkshire Dales

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.

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There are many sheep farms. Worth a look … Yorkshire shepherdess

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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.

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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.

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A dilapidated building in the middle of the moors.

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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.

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A carpet of snowdrops …

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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Bleak landscape

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. 

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