Bluebell time

Bluebell time

Being in lockdown has made me look more closely at the world right on my doorstep, since I can’t go very much farther. I have been using my little macro lens and investigating life up close and personal, which has been an interesting process.

As many of you know, at this time of year in Sussex the woodland is carpeted with wild bluebells. I wanted to send a photograph of this wonderful sight to you all in your lockdowned, socially-distanced homes.

Given my recent macro lens explorations, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could represent the whole by focussing on a detail. Here for you, then, is a single wild bluebell, bathed in evening light, with swathes of its little fellows in the distance.

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Hot cross buns in the time of lockdown

Hot cross buns in the time of lockdown

Having endless and unstructured time during our coronavirus lockdown is a challenge for me. One of the things that helps me get through the day is taking on the demands and rhythms of making sourdough bread. With lots of time, no yeast, and four people to feed, it seemed an obvious step, although success with sourdough had always eluded me in the past. Checking on my rising dough is now what gets me out of bed in the morning, as I tweak and change my methods daily in the quest for the perfect loaf.

With Easter weekend approaching, the obvious next step was to rise to the challenge of sourdough hot cross buns (no pun intended). Patience is needed for this, as the slow proving time means they take about 24 hours to make. But hey, time is the one thing that we currently have in abundance. So here are our hot cross buns, still warm from the oven, in the soft April evening light, accompanied by a jar of forget-me-nots from the garden. Wishing you all a safe and healthy Easter bank holiday weekend. (In case you were wondering, and I know I am probably biased, but they were delicious!)

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wild wood anemones during lockdown

wild wood anemones during lockdown

This week’s photograph is of wild wood anemones shot around the time that the UK was going into lockdown. Each of us must find our own way through these disorienting, anxious, sad times. For me, my saving grace has been to walk out my door and be reminded that everything else in the natural world is just the same, it is only our human world that is changed almost beyond recognition.

The sun shines, birds sing and flowers bloom as spring goes into full swing around us. I find this very reassuring.

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For the summer solstice, I give you flowers

For the summer solstice, I give you flowers

I like using the ability of photography to show worlds that are often hidden from view. I do this when documenting building projects that are obscured from the public by hoardings, or when photographing work environments and private events.

In a completely different way, photography can record situations that we can’t physically see with our eyes. For example, recently I was visiting my friend’s allotment when she was watering her roses.

My camera was able to catch a moment of calm and stillness within the chaos of the water spray. I felt like it almost gave me a little peak into the secret lives of flowers.

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Death by flowers

Death by flowers

From purple woodlands full of bluebells to golden fields of rape flowers, the Sussex landscape is covered in vibrant colours at this time of year. Currently, there are great swathes of agricultural land carpeted in these deep yellow flowers, the seeds of which produce the prized Sussex rape seed oil.

This shot was planned with my husband, who wanted to see if we could get a photo of someone drowning in flowers. Are the hands asking to be saved from death by blossom or are they surrendering to the joy of golden bliss? I truly don’t know. More landscape photographs can be found here.

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