Mid-May landscapes

I first blogged about this expression in 2019 but as it’s that month of the year again I retell the story, this time with a few new photographs, particularly with hawthorn, or May blossom, in full bloom.

Many years ago a colleague told me he would be photographing his ‘mid-May landscapes’ the following week. His birthday was in the middle of May and each year, without fail, he would book the whole week off work. This was partly to celebrate his birthday but mainly to spend some time in the countryside to capture his mid-May landscapes.

I hadn’t heard the expression until I met Ron but I knew when I heard it exactly what he meant. I thought perhaps it was a well-known term used by photographers and artist which had somehow passed me by but Googling the expression doesn’t support that idea. Perhaps it was just an expression Ron had made up, or had once heard and it stuck with him just as it stuck with me and perhaps after today, with you too.

Bluebells 2021

I first wrote a blog about bluebells in 2019 and then again in 2020 so to complete a hat-trick here are a few photographs of the display this year. These were all taken in the woods very close to home so a walk along the path through the dale becomes is a real joy and pleasure when this magic carpet of native bluebells appears.

“Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”

Friday flowers – more Spring blooms

Our walk this morning took us by this most colourful display in a garden at Melbourne (South Derbyshire, not Australia!)

Closer to home and back on the school run the bank on the lane to school (see the previous post). This week it’s the turn of the bluebells to shine.

Friday Flowers – Primroses

Collecting our granddaughter from school yesterday was meant to be just that and not a photographic expedition. However, when we arrived at this grassy bank, now bursting into life with spring flowers, I couldn’t resist reaching into my pocket for my mobile phone and taking this photograph of primroses.

I almost forgot to mention the forget-me-nots which were making a more subtle appearance but I did remember the quote ‘The best camera is the one you have with you’. How true is that?