Weekly Photo – Favourite

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Favourite.

An easy one for me this week and my first time posting more than one image for this weekly photo challenge.

As I have talked about before, we moved to this house with the most amazing garden in October 2016 and I have been head over heels in love with our outdoor space since.  On moving in  week I took this photo.

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The majestic horse chestnut tree, the autumn colours, the variety of trees in the border *happy sigh*.  This is absolutely my favourite view.

I decided to take weekly photos of this corner of the garden and at the end of the year stitch them all together to show the changing seasons.   I have photos in all weathers and light conditions, photos where I can barely make out the tree through the dense fog, and as I hoped, the seasons changing.  I’m not going to share them all here!  Just my favourites from each season.

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With a hard frost.  We didn’t get any snow this winter and so this was the most wintery I managed.  This photograph was taken just after Christmas and added to the landscape is a metal peacock sculpture my lovely husband bought for me as a gift.

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Early spring means daffodils!  This was so exciting for me to watch the daffs come up and then bloom.  Teeny little buds on the chestnut tree.

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Late spring and the daffodils are finished but the tree is suddenly covered in leaves and blossom candles.

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Finally a photograph taken this weekend, early summer.  All of the trees are in full leaf and the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

So much lovely happiness in my favourite photographs.

Weekly Photo – Stationary

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Stationary.

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I struggled with this week’s prompt.  As I went about my day to day life I looked around me for things that were not moving, things that remained still, and there were very few within the glorious Yorkshire springtime landscape.

Then my eye chanced upon the power stations.  The terrain where we live is so flat that on a clear day I can see 3 power stations, those at Eggborough, Drax and Ferrybridge, enormous, iconic buildings.

As a child growing up in Yorkshire I remember the huge towers grazing the sky serving as a landmark to tell us that home wasn’t far away and so to me they are most definitely stationary, rooted into the ground and unchanging for decades.

Although the times, they are a changing. One by one the mines have closed and the power stations are taking steps towards no longer burning coal.  The station in the photograph, Eggborough, is marked for demolition and if plans proceed as made a new gas fired station will sit on the site within 5 years.  It will take some getting used to such a change in the look of our area.

Weekly Photo – Cycle

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Cycle.

In the summer of 2014, Le Tour de France came to Yorkshire.  It was a big deal with much excitement generated for the event.  From my family’s perspective the highlight was the lengths people went to to decorate their towns, villages and roads.  Yellow bicycles popped up everywhere along with spotted jerseys and more bunting than I have ever seen before.

The enthusiasm for cycling in Yorkshire led to the creation of Le Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and the 3 day race has continued into 2016 and a just a few weeks ago for this year’s fixture.  Four years of cycle races later and the county is peppered with Le Tour decorations with posters and bicycles that have been left in situ long after the cyclists have moved on.

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Last year Le Tour came through our village, although we hadn’t yet moved here, and this yellow bike has been at the edge of this field, by the roadside ever since.  I love the way the countryside is claiming it for its own and suspect that unless it is moved by next summer it will have been fully consumed by greenery.

Weekly Photo – Bird

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Bird.

I was excited to see bird coming up as a prompt.  As I have sat here waiting for the photo to upload over our painfully slow internet connection the bird feeder just in my line of sight has been covered in great tits, blue tits and long tailed tits while the ever faithful resident robin has pottered about on the ground below.  This week every time my husband sits at this desk a jay with a vibrant flash of blue on it’s wing appears at the window, it disappears whenever I get my camera! From the kitchen window I have seen pied wagtails, chaffinches and a goldcrest.  There are pheasants and french partridge in and out of the woods and running all over the drive when I go anywhere in the car, the swallows have returned from their winter holidays and when heading out at dusk last week I saw a beautiful barn owl gliding over the field.

There is no shortage of birds and I love to watch them.  But I forgot wildlife photography is not my forte!  I like to take my time framing my shot and picking my angle and of course wherever I am the 3 bundles of noise, joy and sudden movements that are my offspring are never far away and so I have many a photograph of blurred wings and rapid exits and not so many lovely bird images.

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I chose a less mobile subject!  You may remember this little owl from my Mini Autumn Wreath.  Just for today it left its yarny home for a new roosting spot in the garden, I think it looks quite happy in a tree.

Weekly Photo – Modern

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Modern.

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I spent last weekend in Manchester on a wonderfully restorative mini break with one of my closest friends.  I was so pleased that this visit coincided with this week’s photo prompt as there was modern architecture everywhere I looked.  I tend to spend most of my time now around our home in the countryside and if I do venture into a town it tends to be the ancient York so all of the tall buildings and interesting shapes of Manchester are quite the novelty.

This particular building is a Holiday Inn hotel and was opposite my hotel room.  In fact this was the view from my bed.  I love all of these sharp angles.  But I was pleased to be home and back amongst the trees.

 

Weekly Photo – Nature

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Nature.


So many to choose from this week, such a large proportion of what I view to be beautiful and then point my camera at is based in nature.  I decided to go with the engineering marvel that is honeycomb.  I could look at it all day long, lost in the intricacies of the structure built by bees.

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to spend a day in the company of two passionate natural bee keepers who have shunned the ‘factory farming’ of bees practiced by many who keep bees in favour of a far less impactful, hands off approach. It was fascinating and I learned so much about bees. You can check out their website here.

They do not provide frames for bees to construct within, but use top bar hives which have narrow strips of timber across the top and then lots of space for the bees to build in free form shapes. This is a section of comb removed from one of their hives when the bees swarmed.

Weekly Photo – Arch

One of the things I would like to work on in 2017 is my photography. I am joining in with Nana Cathy and Wild Daffodil’s weekly photo challenge.

This week’s one word prompt is Arch.

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Why settle for one arch when you could have lots!  These beautiful arches belong to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in the heart of York.  The Abbey is a favourite haunt of ours and we have spent many a happy summer hour picnicking in the shade cast by this large section of wall while the children clamber up the columns spread throughout the Museum Gardens.

Coincidentally I’ve just finished reading Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson, a fabulous novel telling the life story of a character named Ruby Lennox and primarily set in York.  It was lovely to read a book when you intimately know the setting and I was interested to learn that this park used to cost sixpence to enter and had peacocks roaming around, it is easy to imagine those majestic birds in this setting.