Changing Seasons – May

Month five of my photographer’s nature journal.   And after April, when May follows, And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows! Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge Leans to the field and scatters on the clover Blossoms and dewdrops – at the bent spray’s edge – That’s the wise thrush; he sings…

in a twist

The Maze at Glendurgan Gardens, Helford River is full of twists and turns. Daily Post Photo Challenge | Twisted

The Rites of Dionysus

From the first time I saw this back in 2006 I have been somewhat underwhelmed by it. Situated in the Mediterranean biome at the Eden Project, the ‘Rites of Dionysus’ is a sculpture by Tim Shaw, a sculptor from Cornwall who was born in Belfast. The installation draws inspiration from the accounts of the Bacchanal…

Changing Seasons – April

Month FOUR of my photographer’s nature journal. Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now! ~ Robert…

Changing Seasons – March

Month three of my photographer’s nature journal. What an unexpected start to the month! March began with the sort of weather I never expected to see in Cornwall, especially this far west. The sprinkling of snow we had on 6th February was nothing compared to the several inches that arrived on the frigid winds from…

Changing Seasons – February

Month two of my photographer’s nature journal. February 1st was a pleasant start to the month. Blue skies, clouds and sunshine along with a bitterly cold wind. I saw eight magpies close to the house, the most I have seen at any one time. I like magpies (Pica pica). They are handsome and intelligent birds…

Changing Seasons – January

I mentioned earlier in the month that I would be illustrating the natural world close to home this year – a sort of photographer’s nature journal. I have also decided to link it to the Changing Seasons Photography Challenge, hosted this year by Su Leslie. A very talented Kiwi lady who lives in Auckland. January…

Readymoney Cove to Fowey

We’ve been to Fowey before, but parked in the main car park at the top of the hill which can be a bit of a schlep. On this visit we had arranged to meet up with the Aussie family at Readymoney Cove so parked in that car park and walked down a pathway known as…

Heligan by Night

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which I last visited a couple of years ago, is one of the fabulous “Great Gardens of Cornwall” and during December the gardens were open in the evening for a “Heligan by Night” to experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen revealed the night time…

the last hurrah for the square sky

A selection of Cornish square skies featured over the last month thanks to Becky’s SquareSky challenge. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. So which one is your favourite? December’s #SquareSky challenge | Square Sky

and now the year is over…

Another year in Cornwall comes to an end. It has been an unusual year with family illnesses, a redundancy and visits from all the grandchildren, including the three who live in Australia. We didn’t quite manage to get them all together at the same time, but 6 out of 7 wasn’t bad. Spring was a…