Each day I watched the swelling coltsfoot buds until the sun shone strongly, the buds burst open, and the sun's warmth triggered a release of pollen for bees. At night, the flower closed-up again, but once the petals had unfurled they didn't go back quite so neatly.
I love this image, the pattern and design. The petals look as if they're a basket wrap around golden eggs. If someone had shown me this picture with no clue of date or habitat I'm not sure I'd recognise the flower. This ins't how coltsfoot is shown in a flower guide. I took these images on 10th March 2015, so now is the season for coltsfoot.
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blog post 15 July 2018, Scout Scar in Gold Ochre. The archive will take you there.
Skylark can be difficult to photograph. I include this male because he's beautiful. If you think of skylark as having an exquisite song but looking rather dull just look at the patterns of his plumage. Skylark are singing right now.
24 March 2020. Stay at Home
Sunday 22 March was like a Bank Holiday on Scout Scar. Camper van with tourists roadside, groups far larger than family groups not observing social-distancing. The day was still so you could hear bikers miles away, and the Kendal ByPass was busy. Apparently there was a mile long queue of people for the ascent of Snowdon! . Beaches packed with trippers.
Lots of folk were concerned at the flouting of Govenrment advice and sent pictures from their phones to our MP Tim Farron, highlighting the problem. There is cross- party support for restrictions resulting from a week-end of that graphically illustrated the public's failure to recognise the seriousness of the Covid 19 pandemic. So, harsh restrictions. From today, Stay at home.
I had written this blog before the announcement. You can have fun with a camera in your garden, from indoors looking out. I'm looking to photograph garden birds, you never know what will show. And as I have a vast archive of photographs I'll be going for a retrospective sometimes.