Last Saturday was extremely busy. It was the local flower show and the church choir had been asked to sing at a wedding. Fairly early in the morning I took thirteen photos to the flower show and entered them in the appropriate classes. There were six to choose from:
Capturing a season in nature
A garden of flowers
My favourite tree
Then I went to choir practice and the wedding service, which was lovely. I knew the bride when she was a child. After lunch I went back to the flower show, which is perhaps the social highlight of the summer here. I was delighted to have won two first prizes and a third prize. These are the original photos, which won. The portrait view won the 3rd prize. For the 4″ x 6″ prints I had to crop them slightly. (The classes in which I was successful were numbers 2-4 above.)
It is unusual to have a very clear summer’s day on the Cumbrian coast. Often there is haze. The day I took most of these photos it was possible to see wind turbines out at sea, the Isle of Man including the Point of Ayre, Scottish mountains across the Solway Firth and the Cumbrian Mountains. I am also including one from a few days earlier for comparison. The weather by the sea may change quickly even in a single day.
I was looking for (and found) wild flowers #bythesea for #wildflowerhour.
Within walking distance of my home there are many different habitats for wildlife. The beach and cliffs have featured more than once here. There is also arable land, pasture, woodland, marshland, hedgerows, ponds, streams (or becks as they are known locally) and gardens. I have chosen a few snaps of some of these areas in June and July.