“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” ― J.M. Barrie

I could take photographs of flowers, and especially roses, all day. My mother loved roses, and the three years since she died has been full of me staring intently at some roses with camera in hand, trying to catch their beauty.

Briar roses, similar to the one below, are the first to bloom.

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It is probably one of life’s ironies that her anniversary falls just before the season when most roses bloom, so when I go on walks then I rarely find a good bloom to photograph. But just a week or so later…

Friends House, Euston Road
Friends House, Euston Road
Kennington Park
Kennington Park
Rose of Kennington
Rose of Kennington

I love looking at roses as the sunshine falls through them, but this year the weather has been variable. Fortunately, roses with raindrops on them also have a special something. This lot were all taken at the wonderful rose garden at the Imperial War Museum, London.

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This is the nearest they've got to a blue rose.
This is the nearest they’ve got to a blue rose.

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There will doubtless be some more photos of roses posted on this blog before the year is out!

Spring finally..?

As you are all aware it has been a long time since most of us saw the sun. Wind, rain, more rain, and grey skies when it wasn’t raining have made this a dreary winter for the most part.

I’ve always loved spring flowers (who doesn’t): snowdrops, crocuses, narcissi, daffodils, cherry blossom, magnolia and lilac all have their place in my photos.  Followed by the roses when they come. In some cases I have been taking photos of the same flowers year on year. Occasionally this doesn’t have very good results. This year I was too busy to manage any snow drops, or maybe it was because it was raining. Anyway, why blather about something which you all enjoy anyway. Here’s to a pleasant spring ahead. Either that or building an ark.

These were taken at Gordon Square, Bloomsbury (very good for crocuses!), St James’ Park and in the garden at home. More flower pictures to follow I hope.

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I often work weekends so this is a few photos of a stroll in the park after work, my walk home, and views from the window of my flat. A beautiful fine day which we haven’t seen many of this year… I was rather tired after my walk so didn’t manage to go on a sunset walk, but as you can see, it would have been worth the effort! Next time…

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A morning stroll …

I like dappled things
I like dappled things

He was foraging with his mate, whom I couldn't get in the photo.
He was foraging with his mate, whom I couldn’t get in the photo.
I liked the contrasting textures, colours and patterns.
I liked the contrasting textures, colours and patterns.

Baby goose - gosiing?

What a brood!
What a brood!

Contrast

I've seen these many times over the last few years, but they don't fail to please me as I walk past.
I’ve seen these many times over the last few years, but they don’t fail to please me as I walk past.

Dandelion clock

I find these contemplative, perhaps because of their association with time.
I find these contemplative, perhaps because of their association with time.
Hawthorn is May blossom.
Hawthorn is May blossom.

Monkey puzzle tree