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.
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.
As the sun sets this week on what has been a particularly difficult year for myself both personally and in terms of what has been occurring globally, I am keeping my sights set on the future and aiming to have more fun, move more, live more, try some new things and experience as much as I can in the new year, as I feel as though I’ve let my anxiety and fears hold me back this year and I want to grab life come January, so I thought this orange sunset from a local park back when I lived in Bletchley fit the feeling well. Farewell, 2016, onto the next.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, and that your 2016 has been far better than mine has. I will be starting a new blog in 2017 called The Happy Larkspur which you can visit here, and of course, I will have plenty of throwback nature photography here for you all as we head into the New Year. So, a big Happy New Year to you all from me, this is my last post here in 2016 but I will be back in early January. Thank you for all of your comments, likes and support and here’s to lots of good things in 2017!
Now that November is here my thoughts have been cast back to those stunning wintry sunsets, and I am looking forward to capturing even more of them this year. This one came from Milton Keynes in my parent’s old garden – I love those pink skies, and the as the sun set this stunning alien pink filled the sky.
Autumn is now well and truly here, and it is only a short week or so until October takes it’s place. There’s always something bittersweet about saying goodbye to summer; no one ever truly wants the heady sizzling days, and sultry nights to end. Yet I’m feeling a welcoming change in myself at the moment. There are always lots of things to look forward to come autumn. The prospect of the holidays, seeing family and friends, getting stuck into new project and the changes in the natural world around us are enough for me. The photo I chose to share today encompasses that beautifully. I took this on my university campus back in 2011 when the last few days of summer were ending, and autumn had taken their place. So thank you summer and welcome autumn!
With the first day of March heralding the beginning of spring in the meteorological calendar, I am longing for balmy evenings like this one back in 2014 at the holiday park in Carnforth, Cumbria.