Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Flora and Fells

February, the month when by imperceptible degrees the days start to lengthen and someone, well yes I mean me, is taken by surprise by the time, 5 O'Clock and still light, yay.
The snowdrops are in full flower and the daffodils are long green shoots and just waiting for their moment in the sun.  Now is the time I like to look forward to the year ahead and wonder what new things I will see, what the year's weather will be like and
Small White (Pieris rapae) on buttercups
dream of the warmer days to come when fluttering wings will be in fields and hedgerows landing on flowers and the
ferns will be unfurling. The latter perhaps I'm fonder of in photogenic clumps rather than in whole impenetrable swaths of fell-sides as they can make finding a pathway through rather testing at times.  All this is in the future and at the moment there are chilly winds 
Coniston Old Man
but the only snow we have had this year floated down onto the fells so we had the pretty views without the icy roads.
Swans on Coniston Water
In the first week of February the day that was so still that Coniston Water had not a ripple on it, only the ones made by these swans.  This is also the very last photo taken by my camera for like a boxer with a glass jaw it has taken many knocks and bruises to its body and shrugged them off but did not survive its careless owner putting it in her coat pocket with a bunch of keys and damaging the screen. The finish for this trusty little Panasonic.  (The photograph of the snowdrops at the beginning of the post is the first I've taken with my new camera, it will probably take me the rest of the year to get to grips with it, thank goodness there is always auto).   

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at F here


Norma Ruttan said...

such lovely flowers! I love that there is still daylight when I leave Mass at
6 p.m.

Hildred said...

We are having a lovely preview of spring these February days here in B.C., although the rest of Canada is having to still cope with winter snows and icy winds.

Trubes said...

The picture of the snowdrops certainly have more detail. I love the buttercups and the butterfly.
Good luck with the new camera, is it a Panasonic... I'm delighted with the one I had last year for my birthday!
Happy snapping !
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Roger Owen Green said...

Pretty FRIGID here, but spring is on the way. (I hope.)


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I think you're doing a great job with your new camera. The 3 landscape shots and the one of the butterfly are stunning. Blessings!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I like both snowdrop and buttercup flowers very much. Thanks for sharing.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Lovely series...sorry to hear your lens got scratched. But it's the person holding the camera that counts♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/fiery-sunset/