Bluebells, Hitch Wood 2016




Winter walk

I took myself off for a long walk this afternoon. After all the rain the UK, even in Herts, every step was accompanied by a squelching sound which reminded me of walking on Dartmoor – possibly my favourite place on the planet.

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Over to the west was the golden sun, setting behind some fast moving storms, which was starting to tinge the closer edge of the nearest storm to me with orange. This storm thankfully missed me – there was a lot of rain falling in visible virga and I spotted the occasional flash of lightning.

Herts is mostly rural (and urban plus golf courses) and there isn’t much dramatic weather as the landscape is so flat. I am feeling the need to move to somewhere nearer some hills, some rivers, somewhere with rocks sticking out of the ground, preferably granite … anywhere where is more drama to the landscape, and therefore some better weather…


Spring is well and truly here


Just 3 weeks ago there was very little foliage on the hedgerow trees and bushes, only spring flowers out in the garden and not much wildlife around. After a few days of sunny weather everything has bloomed – in the country side and in the garden.

The rape crop has appeared in a week and there are swallows darting around just above the top of the plants under a really summery sky full of cumulus. I’m going to snap this scene throughout the year this year. Next to the rape are loads of cowslips, which are having a bumper year – they are growing all over the side of the roads in Herts this year.