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.
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.
Back in 2015 when I first got involved with 30 Days Wild I lived in a much more rural area, which was perfect for spotting all kinds of plantlife. One of my favourite spots was this lovely perennial cornflower which to this day, remains one of my favourite flowers. I love the deep blues and purples and when these bloomed I always lots of bees and other flying insects flocking to them.
It’s finally that time of year again where 30 Days Wild is upon us and I am loving every second. I always enjoy getting involved and have to thank the lovely Louise from Ramblings of a Roachling for first introducing me to it a few years ago. This will be the third time I take part and each year brings with it new and exciting opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wild! I’ll be writing a roundup post over on my main blog The Happy Larkspur every week, with the first post due to go up this Sunday, with the highlights from what I’ve been discovering and doing, but if you want to see daily updates from me you can find them on my Twitter account here, or click the little Twitter banner on the side of my blog as well. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite throwback photos from previous years here on this blog, so until then, happy wildlife spotting!