A BONUS Day…. the 29th February


It only happens every 4 years but lets enjoy this ‘bonus’ day.  Not that our weather here in the UK is very encouraging at the moment, heavy rains, gales and snow in places….. certainly not Spring like.  So to make up for that here is a touch of Spring to remind you of what we hope we will soon enjoy…..


29th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Clouds


Norwegian Sunset.

Seems rather a strange subject to choose for this weeks nominated topic for Cees B&W Photo Challenge on Clouds.  But this last October we had a fabulous cruise to Northern Norway and with the exception of one afternoon the skies were as they say ‘Gin Clear’ Blue skies.  The bonus was that every day were blessed with some fabulous sunsets and sunrises as clouds moved in for the night and vanished in the mornings. So here is a selection which might or might not work in mono…



Then of course on one sparkling clear night we had a wonderful display of the Aurora Borealis…. not strictly clouds but rather special Solar Powered Clouds…


So have fun and join in Cees Challenge.  The link to here blog is:-


28th February

(C) David Oakes 2020


A waiting game…. of one step forward and two back


The trees are bare and there is snow threatened in the forecast…not to mention that any snow will then be followed by heavy rain and gale force winds – again.

We are fooled into thinking that spring is on the way only to have our hopes dashed.  But wait is that the signs of some leaves on this lone tree…well take a closer look…


Only tiny shoots bursting from the safety of the winters buds…but it is a start.

There are of course the more familiar early risers of Spring…. Daffodils, Winter Heather and the first of the Blossoms.


We do have a weekend visitor in the name of Storm Jorge heading our way, so lets see what he has packed into his suitcase to empty over us.

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:-  The Sea Lochs at Crinan, Argyll, North West Scotland

( Opened in 1801, the 9 mile Crinan Canal linked Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura. A vital ‘short cut’ for Fishing and Coastal Shipping linking the Clyde with the Inner Hebrides)

26th February

(C) David Oakes 2020


Surprise…we have Sunshine and some signs of Spring


A welcome break in this long run of bad weather…. some sunshine to welcome the day and put a big smile on our faces.

In the woods a small sign that Spring is on the way.  Daffodils are breaking through the remains of autumns leaves.  Only a few at the moment but it will not be long before this woodland floor is a carpet of swaying daffodils.

As for that sunshine…well we are taking advantage of it. We better had as the forecast for the end of the week and into the weekend is for a return of even more rain and high winds, maybe even some wintery showers.

So smile whilst you can 🙂

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2020