At this time of year my thoughts automatically turn to festive things like Christmas lights twinkling in windows, waking up to frost on the grass, seeing the local robin with his bright red plumage hopping about in the garden and of course, snow. With that in mind, I thought this snowy scene back from my old home in Milton Keynes was fitting. This was taken during 2010 when we had our record snowfall and big freeze, and I spent hours just wandering around outside, taking as many photos as I could.
Autumn is now well and truly here in the gorgeous Lake District, so of course my mind has been wandering back to the beautiful array of colours and wildlife which is on display at this time of year, like the beautiful trees in the photo above which framed the lake on the campus at my old university in Bath. This was always one of my favourite places to escape to when I had free time, and a good walk, whatever the weather always helped to clear my mind come those stressful days full of studying. Here’s hoping this autumn is just as colourful as the ones on campus often were.
It’s been a long while since I last posted, but I needed to take a break to focus on myself, so thank you for being so patient with me. Autumn has truly arrived here in the Lakes now and while I’ve yet to get some photos of the leaves changing colour, it won’t be long before Workington lights up with the flush of gold and red as the trees transform. This photo is one I took around this time last year at Workington Hall, and it will forever be one of my favourites and the epitome of autumn for me.
Back in 2014 when I lived in the countryside I would take regular evening walks during the summertime along the Derwent and on my way home one evening I spotted this lovely, summer scene during the golden hour. These cows were quietly grazing and the only other sounds were a few birds and the distant buzzing of insects. As I got my camera out to get a photo, I noticed a couple of the calves watching me as I took several photos before continuing on home. It was a lovely, quiet moment and these photos still remain some of my favourites today.
Back in 2015 I was living in a much more rural area, and we were lucky enough to live next to farmland and the beautiful River Derwent, where this lovely family of swans were living. Around the time we moved around, the cygnets were still fluffy and cute but decidedly bigger and it was lovely to see them all for a final time before I had to say goodbye to that quiet place, as if there are any new cygnets there they should be looking much the same as the ones in this photo did, and hopefully they’re now big, beautiful swans living free on the Derwent.
When my family and I first moved up to Cumbria back in 2014 it was the height of summer, and the house across the way from us had a huge, lovely oak tree in their front garden which loomed over the path. When the sun was shining on a hot day, the leaves would create these beautiful patterns on the pathway below, which were welcome shade from the sun, especially during that hot July back in 2014, and I just love the shapes the leaves created so of course I had to get my camera. Here’s hoping the rest of August presents some of these equally hot summer days, and maybe I’ll even get another shade pattern photo again!
August is the height of summer for me. It’s often when I’ve experienced the best weather across the UK, save for the odd storm and rainy day, but August tends to be full of sunshine and those classically hazy, sultry summer nights, which I will never tire of. While June and July can be categorised by me with those lush greens and bright flowers, August and September conjures for me those relaxed, golden fields full of hay bales and grasses glittering in the golden afternoon sunshine, hence today’s photo choice. This was taken back in 2014 in the field next to our house when we first moved up to Cumbria, and this field was a constant source of joy and exploration for me. It would change beautifully as the season’s moved forwards throughout the year, and these golden field moments have to be one of my favourites.