Here are some recent Spring photos to cheer you.
Now that lockdown has eased in the U.K, it is nice to get out with the camera and discover new things to photograph.
The sunlight gave a beautiful ‘high key’ effect to some of the pictures.
Can you see the pollen basket on the hind leg of the bee? Pollen is harvested and carried to the nest or hive.
A honeybee in mid-flight.
A honeybee dangling underneath a branch.
A honeybee in perfect alignment to the flower.
In early February, the ‘Beast from the Baltic’ roared in and we had a lot of snow and cold temperatures, so much so, that the snow lay on the ground for 7 days. After the rain washed the snow away, it felt like Spring was finally here. That dismal, grey cloud that just seems to hang around this time of year was suddenly replaced by bright, sunny days and warmer temperatures.
Nature is emerging. In gardens, there are daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and primroses. Carpets of snowdrops have appeared in woodland and next to the roadside. Buttercup yellow celandines are growing, as are little green shoots of cow parsley on the verge of the roads.
There is still time for a blast of Arctic air and for the landscape to disappear under a layer of snow and ice, but the days are gradually pulling out and there are early signs of Spring. Already, I have spotted carpets of snowdrops and clumps of primroses. Catkins are in abundance and the daffodils are not far off flowering.
When the cold winds subside and the sun appears in the sky, the birds come out from their hiding places and sing.
It won’t be long until the leaves start to unfurl from the buds on the branches.
The soft pink and white flowers of Helleborus Emma swaying in the wind.
In the 14th Century, the term ‘springing time’ was used instead of the old English ‘Lent’ or ‘Lenten’. This was referring to plants springing from the ground. It then became ‘spring-time’ and by the 16th Century was shortened to ‘spring.’
Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. She spent winters as Queen of the Underworld but returned in spring to preside over rebirth.
Bright sunshine, yet still a slight chill in the air. Hyacinths, magnolias, daffodils and blossom are out.
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. There’s something magical about capturing pictures with that golden glow.
Blossom backlit with a soft light.
The long shadows from the light give an additional focus to the crocuses.
The light appears gentler and diffused over the heather.
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.
A close-up of this pretty little flower. The whole tree was humming with the sound of bumblebees.
These tulips and daffodils growing in a meadow, looked lovely with the sunlight streaming through them.