It was a beautiful fresh morning on Malvern Common. I was surprised to see the harebells still flowering and it seems to have been a bumper year for acorns.
Today was Splat’s first trip out. We went to Malvern Common where Jack and I saw some old friends and Splat made some new ones. His new best friend is Teddy.
After some heavy overnight rain, it was a grey drizzly morning on Malvern Common, but the harebells and grasses looked beautiful covered in raindrops.
It was the shortest day of the year. The sun was coming out after what seemed like endless rain.
It feels like its been raining forever. The Old Hills at Callow End are sodden and the mud just sticks to the dogs so we’ve been going back to Malvern Common to walk them. Its still muddy, not as bad as the Old Hills, and there’s bracken, which when the dogs run through it, the mud drops off. It’s a simple but very effective trick for keeping them clean.
I had my Sweet 35 optics with me and my Velvet 56. It was lovely to see the sun shining through the cloud. The softness of the Velvet 56 accentuates the misty mood.
Wishing everyone all the best for 2020.
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The buttercups are beautiful just mow and in places the common looks yellow. The orchids are easy to miss, surrounded by buttercups and yellow rattle.
When I was back on the Common at the weekend there was more than just the Orchids to photograph.
As a child we played outdoors and were forever getting covered in sticky willows but I was completely unaware that they flowered. The flowers are tiny but very pretty.
I was lucky enough to capture the ladybird and the stitchwort caught my attention behind the buttercup.
We went back to the common this weekend to exercise the dogs. They like to swim in the pond and its lovely to see familiar faces. Its the time of year the orchids bloom. They look great against the green background and amongst the yellow of the other summer flowers.
These shots were taken with my Lensbaby velvet 56. I could happily spend hours playing,
Last week I took a few shots with my Lensbaby Sweet 35. I’d put on on my camera to take a shot for my Project 52 and that’s what was still on my camera when we went out. With such a great range of creative lenses I hadn’t used this one for a while. It was one of the first Lensbabies I bought and I love the bokeh and blur it creates. So today I wanted to have a play.
It was a beautiful sunny summer morning on the common. We weren’t out early but as the sun is rising later I still got some great light. When I’m out with the dogs its not possible to take as much time as I sometimes want or need to frame my shots. Not having used this lens for a while I was out of practice so I played with taking some out of focus shots. I like the effect, particularly in the woods where the bokeh was strong.
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Here we go round the Mulberry bush is a nursery rhyme and game I learned as a child. We sang the song and mimed the actions. It was just one of many we learned and I didn’t give it much thought. I don’t remember wondering or asking what a mulberry was. The tune and lyrics can be found on Wikipedia. We had raspberries and strawberries in the garden but I had no idea what a mulberry was. Later I remember learning that silkworms eat mulberry leaves and then there is the famous Mulberry brand.
Several years ago while walking the dogs on the common we noticed and watched a man behaving strangely under one of the trees. We realised he was picking something and eating it. After he’d moved off we went to take a look and found the tree was covered in deep red and almost black berries. The black ones were incredibly sweet but I preferred the tart deep red ones. Looking them up, later that day we discovered they were mulberries. We’ve picked some every year since. They make great jam and are a great addition to cereal for breakfast.
I had a free, nutritious breakfast on the common and ended up with sticky red juice all over my hands.
The next post in the circle is by Katrin Bechhold who is writing about the Travelling Burnside project. Follow the links to see lots of great Lensbaby photos.