Documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

BEFORE THE POWER GAVE OUT


Yellow Flowers

The only connection between these pictures is that the moment I left my house, the sun went in; and the moment I turned my camera on a little sign came up to say the battery was about to give out; so I rushed at it. What could I do before it rained (which it didn't - the sun shone as soon as I was back inside) and the camera went on strike?
Insect (wasp?) on yellow flower
Cur from the picture on the right.




Yellow flowers are always cheerful and almost irresistible to many flying insects!


ar of Convolvulus Leaves




This convolvulus pillar has fascinated me for months. If it were to flower, it would look spectacular but, so far, it has merely dangled from a hawthorn tree.

Blackberries Ripening





Speaking of trees - the elder tree I've been following is doing so little now so I'll watch blackberries ripen.

Red Haws

Overall - whenever you go outside, dull or sunny, summer or autumn (at present it's a bit of a mix) . . . there's always something to see.

19 comments:

Hollis said...

"always something to see" ... so true! and such a good reason to go out and look :)

Lucy said...

Hi Hollis. Trouble with blogs is that the things we see generally look better when photographed with the sun on them - though to take photographs only when the sun is shining would give rather a false impression of England!

Janet said...

"merely dangled from a hawthorn tree" - story of my life

Mark Willis said...

There's usually also something to eat too!

Hollis said...

I like these photos in flat light, especially where there are contrasting colors -- leaves, flowers, berries ...

sharon said...

berries are always exciting!

PatioPatch said...

the ones that get away are the most brillinat of shots about to happen when the battery gives out. Disappointing blackberries on the tongue though they still look picturesque. Must get out more myself!

Flighty said...

I like yellow flowers as they always contrast well with the foliage.
Like you I always find that there's something to look at, and photograph. Flighty xx

Gardener Gary said...

I quite often struggle to photograph yellow flowers, especially in the sun. Doesn't matter how much I fiddle with the camera settings, they are often just too bright when up on the big screen... Always cheery to see though :)

Down by the sea said...

What a shame your camera ran out of battery, you still captured some lovely photos. Autumn certainly feels as if it is here.
Sarah x

Mark and Gaz said...

There's always something to see indeed. The camera may not always capture them well, especially if the lighting is not good but I suppose living in UK you get used to it (as very sunny days are not that often here).

Rita said...

A recent storm took down half of our Hawthorne tree and all those pesky vines with it.

Glad to see the vines gone but hate loosing the tree.

Donna said...

Indeed there is something to see whenever I venture out...I love the look of those blackberries...

b-a-g said...

Hi Lucy- just answering your question - yes I will be writing another plane tree post in the next week or two.

Plantpot said...

Autumn is certainly upon us! I have lots of bindweed flowering at the moment, it seems to strangle everything.x

Lucy said...

Hi Janet. I hope there are times when you dangle happily.

Hi Mark - something to eat - but rarely peppers. I suppose the nearest might be wild horseradish?

Hello Hollis. The trouble with blogs is that one is tempted to give an impression that the scenery is always bright or dramatic - yet it is frequently dull and flat. Makes sense to show it in its boringness from tine to time for that is how it often is.

Lucy said...

Hello Sharon. I agree. Even inedible berries are interesting and (generally) beautiful.

Hello Patio Patch - some of the most mourned photos were on the memory card which went wrong . . . oh, and the very first lot of digital photos I ever took which over-wrote the second.

Hello Flighty. Yellow seems the dominant colour at present.

Hello Gary. White flowers are even worse than yellow. Yellow flowers glare, white flowers lose all detail. Maddening.

Hello Sarah. Yes. Autumn definitely here. Hurrah! Beautiful leaves landing on the pavements which haven't yet had time to turn to mush.

Hi, Mark and Gaz. In this country, it's not just that the lighting isn't always good. To some degree, one can work with that. Rain, though, is a dreadful trial because then I don't take the camera out at all.

Hello Rita. Sorry about you hawthorn tree. I don't know about your vine but these bindweed ones die back in the winter. They leave interesting, pale brown shapes behind. In the hedgerows they are likely to hang there all winter but, in gardens, you can just ease them away.

Lucy said...

Hello Donna. I love the look of blackberries - and I like to eat them too. Unfortunately, so far this year, the flavour has been rather bland. Perhaps it will improve as new fruits ripen.

Hello b_a_g. Looking forward to your next tree post.

Hello Plantpot. Bindweed is a beautiful villain.

Lucy said...

Everyone - you may like to know the new Loose and Leafy post is published - The Picture Which Changed My Life -

http://tinyurl.com/8lf9oko

Also - if you have any tree posts you'd like me to link to - do let me know.