Posts Tagged ‘snowdrops’

A host of golden…… crocuses?

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Striped crocuses

I love it when Spring flowers start to appear. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. They signal the begining of the end of winter and the start of a new year of life as the earth wakes up and begins to blossom.

I love all three of them. Snowdrops are delicate and lovely with their pure white ballet skirts opening out so that they can dance in the breeze. Daffodils too have ballet skirts surrounding their trumpets with which they herald the arrival of new life and the coming year of expectation.

But my favourite of the three is the crocus. I love their shape, their variety of colour and their bright orangey-yellow stamen that crinkle and wiggle as they reach up to be seen when the petals open up. Crocuses come in all sorts of colours – cream, yellow, white, mauve, purple and stripey ones. I love them all, but my favourites are the mauve and purple ones, which of course is to be expected as they’re my favourite colours.

Usually after snowdrops, I get a brief glimpse of a few crocuses and then it’s straight on to daffodils. This year is different. I’ve seen loads of beautiful crocuses. The spindly ones in my garden didn’t last long, presumably falling victim to bird attacks. So when I went for a walk in the park, I was amazed to find large drifts of strong healthy crocus cups spreading up the bank under some of the trees. It was a photographer’s paradise!

I wonder if there are more crocuses about this year, or if they’ve always been there and I’ve never noticed them before.

Snowdrops

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I love snowdrops. They’re a sign of hope and new life and the promise of Spring after the Winter, which this year has been long and cold and very snowy! I love the way they peep through the snow even when it’s quite deep. Their persistence and determination to reach up and out of their snowy bed into the light is quite profound. That’s what we sometimes need to do if life has got difficult and is holding us down. Like the snowdrop, we need to focus on our goal and aim for it with all our strength and determination.

Here’s one of my snowdrop photos. They’re so delicate and beautiful, and I hope they’ll encourage anyone who needs a bit of help and strength to dig themselves out of a difficult place into the light and the sunshine.

Snowdrops in the rain

Spring is in the air

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

After a long cold snowy frosty icy foggy winter, I can feel Spring in the air at last! There are lots of snowdrops around and beautiful purple and yellow crocuses. I haven’t seen any daffodil flowers yet, but their spikes are shooting up through the ground and their yellow buds are fattening. I’ve got some lovely bright lime green helebore flowers in the garden, and when I wake up in the morning, I can hear birds singing. It feels warmer, and the sun sometimes shines. And there’s a special feeling in the air. You really can feel Spring in the air. I don’t know how it happens, but I can definately feel it.

I’m looking forward to the time when gardens are full of beautiful colourful flowers again, and I’ll be able to take photos of them. That’s one of things I love doing with my photography. Preserving the fleeting beauty of wonderfully created flowers. I can look at my photos any time I want to, so in the middle of the winter, I can enjoy images of flowers from past summers. The latest photo that I’ve added to my Flickr photostream is a lovely bright photo of some pinky/mauve daisies that I’ve added a texture to.

Frosty, foggy weather

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The weather has improved a bit lately. Instead of freezing nights and days, when the roads need gritting, and extra time has to be allowed in the morning to scrape the ice off the windscreen, we’ve been having slightly warmer and even rainy days. There’s been a promise of spring in the air. I’ve seen some snowdrops, and I’ve heard birds singing. But people keep telling me that it’s going to get colder again. Apparently forecasters are saying that the cold frosty, icy weather is coming back, and there might even be some snow. I haven’t heard those forecasts myself, but I have been told about them by several people. I’ve only managed to take a few snow photos so far this year, because we’ve only had one quick flurry. So I need to look out for any more snowfall so that I can get dressed up in some nice warm clothes and go out and take some beautiful snowy photos. Or will I decide to stay in the warm instead?
Here’s a nice frosty, foggy photo.

Frost and fog