Goodbye April……

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Goodbye April …. it has been nice to know you.    But as you go…..  please leave some sunshine behind.

Looking forward to seeing what May has in store for us.

Meantime……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Spring Comes to Borrowdale……

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Spring comes to Borrowdale, Cumbria 

The last day of April, tomorrow a new month begins.  April showers bring forth May flowers we are told. But this April has also been full a very colourful start to Spring…  but as May approaches it is the new spring greens that are dominant, spring greens and an abundance of new life.

Lots to look forward too…..  but as always…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

 

New Life….. and some gradually declining

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A very venerable Oak, known as the Furlong Oak. It has seen off another winter, just one of several hundred in its lifetime. Small bright green leaves are starting to grow and looking forward to another summer.

For the past few weeks, Bluebells have welcomed in the spring.  Breaking through the covering of last autumns leaf carpet, desperate to flower before the trees cast their dark canopy to restart the natural life and death cycle of the woodlands.

Today, their colour is starting to fade, and foliage fall back…. but still a cheerful reminder that spring is progressing and eventually summer will arrive.

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Woodland Rhododendron are now starting to flower, maybe just a little early. Meanwhile Crab-Apple Blossom is starting to show…  most of our other Spring Blossoms have gone or are fading fast.

As for the woods themselves…. each day they get darker as the canopy cover increases.  Dark it maybe but it is still full of the song of happy birds retuning from their warmer winter homes.

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The weekend approaches, a time to relax for many….. but as always…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Flower of the Month…..

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As April comes to an end, and those April Showers have been so elusive.  I thought that before we are inundated with May flowers, that I would reflect on my flower of this last month.

It is the humble Dandelion.  Much maligned by gardeners as a weed, but in reality, one of the most important flowers in countryside or garden for the diversification of our habitat.

Not only valuable…… but look closely and it is a flower of beauty rivaling many of the hybrid floral blooms.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder 🙂

The weekend approaches, a time to relax for many….. but as always…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

Cees B&W Challenge (CBWC)….. All things on the Farm

For this week’s Challenge set by Cee, if its farm related you want, then you have to start with a Farmer and a Farmhouse….  Then some livestock, so a Cow and a Sheep

Then we have the other essentials.  Stables, a Farm 5Bar Gate, a Barn Owl and of course the Farm Cat…every farm needs a Cat

I am sure you can find some suitable farm images, so why not join in the fun. 

Follow Cees Blog link here:- https://ceenphotography.com/2022/04/28/cbwc-all-things-on-a-farm/ 

Oh! and of course, every farm should have a Wildflower Meadow…

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In Town or in the Country…as always….

 

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

28th April

(C) David Oakes 2022