March of the Internet Nobody, day thirty one: Nature photography week…

Diary of an Internet Nobody.

For this, the final post in my month long frenzy of blogging activity, I took a slightly muddy stroll along a stretch of the Yeo river valley and captured what nature had to offer (in the grey springtime drizzle) in amongst the trees and undergrowth.

This area floods regularly in winter and spring, so it’s an altogether sparser landscape than our local woods, but the wood anemones are blooming, along with the ubiquitous wild garlic and a few other wild flowers. There is also an abundance of dramatically shaped trees here, bordering a more fast-flowing river which rushes over a concrete weir after snaking through the woods.

Thank you for joining me on my week of nature rambles and for putting up with me every day this month, normal(ish) service should resume tomorrow.

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March of the Internet Nobody, day thirty: Nature photography week…

Diary of an Internet Nobody.

For my penultimate post in this maelstrom of March madness, a more accurate description would be “countryside”, instead of “nature” photography, as I tried to capture a bit more of the actual landscape on my journey home today.

I took a detour past the imposingCastle Hillcountry house and gardens, snapping a few shots of the estate cottages, the lodge house at the entrance to the drive, Castle Hill house itself and the surrounding woodland. The crows called noisily from high above as they built their twiggy nests in the tall trees, daffodils bloomed on the roadside and the river flowed peacefully past.

It finally felt like spring is actually here and summer is on the way.

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty nine: Nature photography week…

Diary of an Internet Nobody.

For my third day of nature photos, Audrey and I went for a walk in the woods behind our house and explored the wild garlic-carpeted riverbanks, spotting wood anemones, celandine and blossoming hawthorne amongst the coppiced ash and willow trees.

Audrey couldn’t resist striking a few dramatic poses for the camera, so see if you can spot her subtle pink jacket in any of these…

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty eight: Nature photography week…

Diary of an Internet Nobody.

For my second day of capturing the natural beauty of Devon, I took a couple of quick detours on the way to and from work.

I’d tell you more, but I think you’ll find the photos speak for themselves. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so just imagine me waffling on about hazy morning mists, trees silhouetted against lowering evening clouds and hosts of golden daffodils, while you enjoy the spectacle of Spring’s return.

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Swanning around the countryside…

Dodging the intermittent rain yesterday, Audrey and I took a walk along the Tarka Trail cycle path to our favourite wildfowl lake, where we were pleased to see the pair of swans who are resident there, chaperoning seven inquisitive grey cygnets. The permanent duck population was out in force, too, squabbling over their free lunch in a noisy mass of striking plumage.

Surf ‘n’ turf…

It was actually proper summer weather for a change at the weekend, so Audrey and I got out and about in the sunshine, both at Rock Park in Barnstaple and on Woolacombe beach.

Here are some moments captured on our travels, including the original shots that made up this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge post.

And here, for no reason except that I like it, is B.A. Robertson and the little heard (I suspect) “b side the c side”, from, unsurprisingly, the b side of his biggest hit, Bang Bang

Send in the clouds…

It’s been an amazing day for clouds, here in North Devon, so much so that I had to stop off on the way to and from work and capture the beginning and end of one of the sky’s best days (photography-wise) of the year so far.

I’m always being told I’m not supposed to shoot straight into the sun, but I don’t hold with any of that…

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