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The green-ness of green
I love green!
(Also: after only typing it a couple of times, the word ‘green’ has changed into some kind of crazy ‘new’ word I’ve never seen before - but I like it!)
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Quango-Bingo Travels: France, March 2012 - Day 4: Succulent
I have always loved succulents (and not only because they’re so easy to grow). The slight squishiness, the vivid green and the seemingly prehistoric shapes all press the right buttons for me.
My mum has many in her garden, but for some reason, I only have pictures of these three. One day, I will have a room full of succulents and I will spend all my time just looking at them :)
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Quango-Bingo Travels: France, March 2012 - Day 2 (continued): The Pine
There is one pine tree in my mum’s garden and, whilst it never has as many tiny creatures living in it as I would like (as far as I can tell), it is both beautiful and magnificent.
I love the way that it always gives a touch of colour to the place and (yet another) one of my favourite Spring things is the fresh, smooth, bright green of new pine needles.
This post is a tribute to evergreens.
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Quango-Bingo Travels: France, March 2012 - Day 2 (continued): Hunting
Now this is the real reason I enjoy exploring my mum’s garden so much. I am - and always have been - a hunter of tiny animals.
I seek them high. I seek them low. I seek them under things and behind things. I stalk them, chase them and I wait patiently for them. I know where they live and I know where they hang out. I recognise the signs of their presence and I know what they like. To find your quarry, first you must understand it.
That is the first challenge. The second is to take a picture! I have seen many wonderful, beautiful, shiny, spiky, colourful, mysterious and exciting beasties in my time, but capturing them in a (half-way decent) photograph has often eluded me.
Some are too fast. Some are too tiny. Some refuse to face the camera and some won’t sit still. Some are flighty while others vanish underground. Some - I am convinced - come back in the night and alter the images on my camera so that, on closer inspection, they turn out not to show what I thought they did.
To be fair, though, it’s not always their fault. Sometimes I cannot focus my camera in time. Sometimes my battery runs out. Sometimes I forget to take the thing altogether!
Sometimes - just sometimes - it all works perfectly.
Like I said - it had been a very cold Winter and many of the usual bugs and critters in my mum’s garden hadn’t yet woken up. Undeterred, I went on the hunt. Something must be out and about! There were many flying things buzzing the Spring blooms, but all were too fast for me. I needed more sedantry prey.
I changed tack and searched the bushes and small plants. Even after spotting the signs of this little guy’s presence (half-chomped leaves and a scattering of droppings) it took me half an hour to locate him - completely motionless - amongst the leaves. Luckily, this meant that I had all the time in the world to poke my camera in his face (sorry, little guy!) and get the shot.
Needless to say, I felt like quite the hunter after this :)
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Did somebody say moss?
I offer these to anyone who is in need of a little green, a touch of lush and a truck-load of nature in miniature.
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The texture and the shape
This post is dedicated to all you wonderful people who have welcomed me back after my break. I have been through all your (many!) comments and they have made me feel so loved. You guys are all so very ace.
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1 inch forest
One of the tiny worlds mentioned in my previous post.
I’ve decided to try to post more frequently so that I can get to the photos I took in France before the whole thing gets too distant. That said, there are a lot of shots from the Wyming Brook series…
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Moss explosion! (3 of 3)
Another wonderful thing about moss is that - if you leave something out in the open long enough - it’s Nature’s way of saying ‘This, too, shall be mine one day’.
Thank you all for your ‘likes’ and fantastic comments. The Dales series will carry on, but it gets a bit more abstract (and a bit less green) from now on.
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Moss explosion! (2 of 3)
One of my favourite things about moss is the way it looks against stone (or wood) - which is rather handy really :)
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Moss explosion! (1 of 3)
Say what you like, but the world can never have too much moss!
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A bit of green.
Sometimes - when the sun shines - the English countryside can be so beautiful.
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The humble cabbage
… right before it got chopped and fried in butter with pepper, nutmeg, pine kernels and double cream (bacon, too, if I’d gone the whole hog…)
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I’ll be bringing you the contents of pockets and bags tomorrow, so there’s still time for more submissions!
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