On Easter Sunday afternoon hubby and I went exploring in Croydon. I had studied a street map and worked out how to reach an open space. We skirted the park on the footpaths and looked for wild flowers. It was rather hot for the time of year, but more pleasant away from main roads.
There were people out enjoying the sunshine and the spring flowers, but I avoided them in my photos. I found at least two species of wildflowers which were new to me. (Help with identification of the cranesbill and the tree would be appreciated.)
Trees coming into leaf
Looking along an avenue
from another angle
Over the hill
A beautiful tree
Detail of leaves and flowers
Large-flowered pink sorrel
Cranesbill, but which one?
Star of Bethlehem
The weather was variable for our visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. There was one short heavy shower during which we were able to shelter. The sun shone afterwards, lighting up the tops of trees.
We enjoyed lunch in the café and explored the parts of the gardens, which were open. (To protect the lawns, they are out of bounds in winter. We could see the waterbirds from a distance.) The number of species in flower so early in the year was impressive. The planting is very imaginative. It was the first time we had visited in winter.
We also explored some of the estate, where there are some good viewpoints.
The stump garden
Peeping into the stump garden
Reflections from the other side
A view of the castle
Sunlight on the treetops
The shorter route I mentioned in the second of these four blog posts about a day out in September led us to the side of Derwentwater. I took a few photos near Keswick in the early afternoon and many more on the walk back to the car park after 4pm. Most of them are views of the lake. A few are of the scenery looking inland. One crag, which appears in my photos, has changed since then. A large piece of rock, described as being the size of a bungalow, broke free and smashed on the ground during the last week of November.
There were a few ducks swimming in a quiet part of the lake. One of them did not match any pictures in my bird books. I asked on Twitter and learned that it was a cross between a farm duck and a mallard.
Landscape in the English Lake District
Keswick and Derwentwater
A walk along Derwentwater to Keswick
Hope Park, Keswick
Walking back along Derwentwater
And the three earlier posts in this series may be found by clicking on Previous.