In Chinese astronomy, Summer ends on or around August 6th. In the Northern hemisphere, Summer officially ends on Monday 23rd September, so in this part of the world, we have just under 8 weeks left. However, the Autumn chill often begins to set in earlier than this, when it feels that bit colder in the morning and the mists roll in across the fields, followed by the bright sunshine as the day warms up and you know that you are in that transition time. So here are a few pictures to celebrate Summer.

Sunset in the countryside.

Roses in full bloom.

A bee underneath the leaf of a plant.

White and pink Astrantias.

Straggly but charming pink flowers.



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.

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.

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.

Complementary colours

Recently I took several photos on bright, sunny days and was attracted by the more colourful contrasts, because I knew the pale, delicate colours would be washed out. Occasionally, I also like to sketch and paint and I recently bought a colour wheel. This got me thinking about the use of complementary colours in photography and their effectiveness. When opposite colours of the colour wheel are placed next to each other, they can produce an eye-popping picture.


A seven spot ladybird on a bluebell in macro.


An orange poppy against long, green grass.


Red poppy anemones blowing in the wind, with a hint of green in the background.

Just blossom & magnolia.

Not much else to say really, blossom is so beautiful. But it it believed that the first flower, which existed 140 million years ago, resembled a Magnolia and that these flowers existed before bees.