A few wildflowers from a recent sunny morning at the Skylarks Nature reserve, all from ny iPhone 13. I think we’ve got a mixture of bluebells, primulas, daisies and elderflower blossom but I’m nor sure. It was a pleasure to be out in the sunshine; there was a real feeling of things being (nearly) back to normal.
I’ve photographed this tree for twenty-six years, in all weathers – sun, rain, wind, snow – and it never seems to change very much. It just stands on top of its windy hill, guarding its silent residents. The picture on the left dates back to 2013 when I processed it for entry to a Photographic Salon. It had a lot of faffing, including the addition of the little figure. On the right, we have today’s offering, pretty much straight from the iPhone.
The weather forecast promised us a bright, sunny – if cold – day yesterday, so we decided to travel beyond the confines of the city for the first time since last summer. The Besthorpe Nature Reserve has always been a favourite of ours and it’s very lightly populated at any given time, so it was the perfect destination and, at just under 30 miles, a reasonable distance to give the car a much-needed blow. Unfortunately, we were barely five miles from Nottingham when the sun disappeared, never to reappear again while we were at the reserve. Nevertheless, we saw quite a few birds, including a few ground feeders when we called in at Langford Lowfields.
Our list of sightings – robin, blackbird, sparrow, crow, magpie, kestrel, linnet, goldfinch, bullfinch, bluetit, great tit, dunnock, little egret, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, mute swan, great crested grebe, cormorant, black-headed gull.
The photographs below are from the archives as even 8000 ISO wasn’t working for me!