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.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/revealed-the-first-flower-140-million-years-old-looked-like-a-magnolia/ 

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Spring has arrived.

Today felt like a proper Spring day, bright sunshine, yet still a slight chill in the air. Hyacinths, magnolias, daffodils and blossom were out in force in a nearby garden. There were quite a few ladybirds about too.

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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 dell, which was quite dark and with not much light. The sun came out just before sunset and backlit the blossom with a soft light.

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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 …

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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