Tuesday, 12 January 2021

2021 Calendar - June

This is another of those images which I took last year because it's in the garden!   This rose has been flowering generously over many years now, and I think it must be about 26 years since I bought it (or perhaps given it by my mother - she was like that!) when she and I visited Hyde Hall RHS garden in Essex.   It is a garden I should love to visit again, but will have to wait until such a trip is allowed once more.

Monday, 11 January 2021

2021 Calendar - May

I was thrilled when a friend living in Ely alerted me to the first Peregrine Falcon family breeding on the top of Ely Cathedral.   I shot up there early the following morning and had a wonderful time photographing up to four Peregrines in one frame.   All three juveniles were with a parent bird and practising their flying antics.   Not appearing on the Calendar, but which could have done, was the sight of a Wood Pigeon getting out of the way of Peregrine on the ramparts on the Octagon just in time!   I have another friend who updates me on Peregrine activity around the Cathedral and it does look as though at least one Peregrine is wintering in the area.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

2021 Calendar - April

 I have to say one of my favourite blossoms has to be Apple Blossom.   There are several Apple Trees in the garden so difficult to decide which one to include.   On the whole Calendar this is one of the few images which was taken during 2020.

Friday, 8 January 2021

2021 Calendar - March

 On the evening we arrived in Iceland in February 2014 we were greeted by the most spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis I could have imagined.   We tooks photographs for a full three hours (while taking snatches of our delicious evening meal) and saw the full range of colours of an aurora.   The green is produced by oxygen particles about 60 miles from the earth, and the rarer red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen at heights up to 200 miles.   It was a display without comparator.  

Thursday, 7 January 2021

2021 Calendar - February

 And this is also taken in Iceland, quite near the lovely town of Husavik.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

2021 Calendar - January

 This photograph was taken when I visited Iceland in February 2014 and we stayed in a hotel near Lake Myvatn (meaning 'midge lake').   The Lake is shallow (between 9' and 15'), just 912 feet above sea level, 'a geological paradise' and has clusters of pseudocraters.   We saw Barrow's Goldeneye, Snow Buntings, Gyrfalcon and Icelandic Horses near where we were staying.   I love the minimalist colour palette and the changing light across wide expanses.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

2021 Calendar - cover

 Although I'm getting out most days to walk, I'm not finding that many photographs 'calling' me.   Instead, I'll post each month's calendar photograph for this year and will start with the cover image.   I took this photograph in 2018 when driving back to Wasdale and the light was just beginning to go show it was in the autumn and towards the end of the day.   Normally I've used images taken in the previous year, but 2020 was different.   I've been putting photographs from trips/holidays into published books so have taken some favourites from those books for 2021's Calendar

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Black Squirrels

 Over the years an increasing number of Black Squirrels have been visiting the garden and I'm pretty sure they have bred in the garden too.   There is no love lost between the Black and the Grey Squirrels either.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Overnight frost 28 December

Quite a number of birds came into the garden that morning and found quite a good supply of foods.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Christmas Day, Ely

 A few of us decided to have a walk in an Ely park on Christmas afternoon since a number of plans to meet family members that day had been changed because of Covid 19.

The evening sunlight on the Cathedral got more intense as the hour passed.

The sunset on the way home was magical and stopping to catch the colours from a lay-by evoked memories of having done that in the past.