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.
I turn 27 today so wanted to celebrate with a sunny, uplifting photo and this little marmalade hoverfly fit the bill for me. Back when I lived down South my parents had a lovely vegetable patch and it was always a-buzz (pun intended) with wildlife, especially insects. I would head out there most days to try and get some photos and I’d always manage to spot something new each day. Here’s hoping my 27th year takes on some of the sunny colours in this photo!
July is usually a productive and fun month for me but this time around it’s been busy and a little stressful, if I’m honest. At the moment there are a lot of changes happening in my life and while most of them are for the good, it means I’ve also been very busy, hence some of the radio silence on here and over on my main blog. So with my birthday arriving in just a couple of days’ time I went digging around in my photo folders to find something from a July gone by that makes me smile, and this shot of my Mum’s roses back in our old garden in Milton Keynes, fit the bill perfectly. I will be getting back into the swing of blogging here regularly again, and I thank you all for your patience and kind comments you always leave here. I hope your July has been as rosy as the petals on this flower are, and hopefully the rest of the summer will be calming for all of us!
June has been a hot and harried month with a lot going on and while July will undoubtedly be filled with lots of fun and good things to look forward to – including my birthday (!) – it also promises to be another busy, but hopefully sunny, month. So, with that in mind, I want to take a short break from blogging, hopefully just for a week, but possible for two, to focus on life for a bit and also to have a small break from the blogosphere. I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later, with lots more posts as I know I have neglected this blog, so thank you for all of the likes and wonderful comments, and I hope you’re all well. I leave you with this shot from St Bees, taken back in 2014.
To this day this photos remains one of my absolute favourites of all time. I took this when I got my first little camera, just a little point and click. It was nothing fancy, but when I first got it I would spend hours and hours in my garden photographing everything in sight, and this was one of the first photos I took when I first started getting into photography. This little hoverfly was resting on my Mum’s California lilac tree, and was resting his forelegs on one of the tiny fruits which appear on the tree after the blossoms disappear, and I managed to catch him just at the right moment before he flew off.