The other day the weather was so pleasant I thought that I would go for a walk and take my camera.
I wasn’t sure what I would find to photograph because I was going up the road to Southampton Common and I have photographed it so many times before but I hope you enjoy coming with me on my walk and that I can share some different things.
The first thing that caught my eye was this fallen tree trunk snaking along by the side of the path.
I stopped to examine the interesting texture of the knots in the bark.
I passed by the The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre and thought I would take a closer look at the gates.
They come from a time when the Council seemed to be into naturalistic wrought iron.
There are iron flowers and leaves
and down the bottom some small creatures hiding like this frog.
A bit further on my eye was caught by the sight of this fungus high up on a tree.
I think the ruffled layers are so pretty.
I had decided that I would make for the cemetery lake.
As I looked over towards it I noticed that the day was a bit misty which I had not realised before.
Leanne Cole who has a photographic blog that I follow had been photographing birds lately so I thought I would have a go. The birds of prey and parrots of her Australian Sanctuary were more exotic than those you can find on the Common but I was pleased with this picture of a mallard duck. I wanted to show the wake and ripples.
and I then turned my attention to the pigeons.
This chap seemed to be looking at me with interest wondering what I was doing sitting on the ground.I saw a seagull on a post but as soon as I got closer he flew away.
Where to go now?
As I haven’t been there very often, and it would be something new to photograph, I went to the cemetery.
There is a long yew walk and the graves are off on either side.
I really liked this carved headstone.
And thought this would make a lovely picture for an Easter card.
By now I was at a convenient place to head back home so I left and came back along by a path at the edge of the Common.
I smiled when I saw this happy face someone had drawn on a fallen branch.
And finally came out to the usual place.
When I got home I took some photographs of the flowers I had been given for Mother’s Day.
I thought I had agreed with my son that we wouldn’t bother with ‘Mother’s Day’ this year and I thought my eldest wasn’t bothering either which was fine as I was brought up to ignore it.
However in the afternoon I was just about to make myself a cup of tea when there was a knock at the door and in came my son with a card and a present and behind him my eldest daughter with a card and a big bunch of flowers and my granddaughter with a tin of coconut flapjacks that she had made. And very delicious flapjacks they were too. Not hard and crumbly like mine go. I have been promised the recipe!
I shared the flowers between two vases.
One in the sitting room
And one in the kitchen
As you can see I am not into ‘flower arranging’ but they make me happy every time I look at them.
What have you been doing lately?