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 feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and I apologise for that. Life has been running away with me! In my part of the world the countryside has really come to life with beautiful hawthorn blossoms and bluebells, while the local town is full of the distinctive calls from the seagulls and the sight of rabbits grazing the hedgerows at dusk. The promise of summer is definitely on the air and it’s been gorgeously hot here in Cumbria too! This kind of weather takes me back to my final year of university where our revision sessions were taken outside, and I often had the chance to do some wildlife spotting in-between. One of those days was when I spotted the lovely, emerald green flower beetle basking on the leaves above.
In the centre of Bath you have a number of green spaces to bring some colour and coolness to the city, and when you get five minutes to stop and relax, you can often spot little visiting squirrels like the one above, who was foraging for something along this bench during the early summertime, hence all of the lush greenery in the park!
Seeing as it’s the official first day of spring today, I thought sharing this photo from my old university campus in all of it’s spring glory, would be the perfect photo for today! There were these lovely trees that used to line the walkways of the campus grounds, and I’d often choose to go back to my university halls via the ‘scenic route’ so I could take in the views across the lake and do some amateur bird spotting on the way home. However, come spring, I was always out taking photos of these trees, they definitely would steal the show come springtime!
Spring is fast approaching and I can’t wait until the hedgerows are buzzing with life again come the warmer days. Heading outside into the garden to see the lavender full of bees is always a happy sight, and the little hidden honeybee I snapped above was having a forage amongst the beautiful trees and bushes in our garden at our student house back in Bath in 2014. We were very lucky to have a property which had a long, fairly wild garden which came to life in the summertime, and I managed to get many a pretty photo of the miniature wildlife there!
It was an early summer morning on campus when I took this photo. I was at university in Bath and the sunshine each morning meant that the morning dew was lit up against the green of the grass beautifully. At this point of the year, there were still daisies around and I accidentally took this one by mistake, but what resulted was a photo that’s become one of my favourites, despite it’s initial blurriness. I was trying to get the dewdrops in the background, along with the shade patterns on the wall, and mistakenly hit the button on my camera before getting into position; ideally I wanted the daisy in front out of focus so I could get the one closer to the wall, behind it. However, I love this photo, and it’s still one of my favourites today.
When I was at university, our campus had a pair of resident breeding swans. They were very friendly and would often come over to the edge of the lake to say hello. On one of these sunny days when the summer term was drawing to a close, I would spend nearly every other day down by the lake, getting as many photos as I could before I moved off campus for my second year. This photo is one of my favourites of the swans. I love the way the feathers were raised and ruffled. This swan was having a cleaning session when I came down to say hello, and I caught this pose just before the feathers were flattened back to their normal pose again.