Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #3

The beginning of spring. March.  Came in like a lion, roaring winds and sharp bursts of rain punctuated with an odd day of almost summer warmth. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do my walk on that day and ever since it has been grey and gloomy although I did grab a few shots last Monday when it was sunshine and clouds.

DSCF0849Not a lot happening here on Dinham, except the skip has been moved. Bet you never even noticed that last month! One thing about Ludlow is that there are so many old houses the tradesmen always have work – new roofs, window repairs, renovation projects etc.

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Date: March 15 2015
Weather: Cloudy
Temperature: Cold (7°C but feels like 4º)
Time: 2 – 3 pm

But there is life in the Castle gardens – lovely golden daffodils dancing in the chilly wind. And soon there will be blossom appearing too. And although people are walking around today on Mother’s Day, no-one is yet sitting on any of the benches.

Signs of spring
Signs of spring
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A cottage garden on Dinham

The thing I notice most on this walk, apart from all the dog-walkers, is the sound of birds singing. I wish I could capture that. A pair of courting ducks sit on the wall of Dinham bridge and watch over their friends swimming far below. The view is not so great today in the grey. The water looks cold.

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I search for signs of new life, but there is very little difference between now and last month. I was hoping there would be more greenery. And I can’t see my swans today. I hope they are safe. The trees on the top of Whitcliff are just the same as last month, only the sky is different.

DSCF0911A bench on the corner at Ludham catches my eye as it is surrounded by late flowering daffodils still in bud. I wonder if they will be open next month when I pass by this way.

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Lower Broad Street is empty, though one elderly gentleman did a sweet dance for me in front of the camera. I was too embarrassed to photograph him then, but caught a shot from behind. He did at least make me smile in the cold. A few pots of early daffs, some vibrant primulas and a winter-flowering erica added some colour to the drabness of the day. The crocuses and blossom I found last week on a sunnier day.

DSCF0924The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

Hopefully there will be more dramatic changes next month, I’m certainly hoping so!

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

59 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #3”

    1. I’m not sure if that is the oldest street, but it is certainly one of the first roads into the town. There were seven ‘gates’ into the town and Dinham Gate was one of them. Only one remains today though which is on the street where I end the walk.

  1. It really is a good-looking place, Jude, and with so many benches! I was out scavenging for wooden bench photos on Sunday morning but the sky was so dreary I didn’t like a single one. I did get some decent wall shots, but it will be far too late for that challenge by the time I get there. Will come back later to catch up your other posts. I’m all behind (just for a change 🙂 )

    1. Odd that I don’t actually have many photos of benches here – or not that I took deliberately. They do seem to be sneaking in though. Blue sky appeared about an hour ago, but it is still cold here.

      1. I’ll probably hit you with a round up of mine sometime soon. I just have to ferret them out 🙂 Family huffing and puffing sorted? (for now 😦 ) Might be a late night watching Rafa so I’ve lots of much needed catch up time tonight.

  2. Such a pretty village, Jude. I love the varied styles of architecture. The bench is going to make a stunning pic once all those daffodils are in bloom. 🙂 Hope things brighten up for you very soon. I’m sure it won’t be long now. xx

  3. Grey days do make it difficult to capture the beauty of our surroundings. But I think you did an excellent job showing the color and joy hidden just below the surface. Next month will be the month….flowers abound!
    ( I love mallards) 🙂

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