Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District.

I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy going in Autumn when there are some beautiful colours in the trees & mountains and also some glorious sunrises and sunsets.

Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown. […]

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at […]

Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across […]

 

January to May 2016-2021

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

If you have missed any up to May, then look no further as I have them here for you to watch!

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New additions

Hope you are having a good weekend so far? I must post this from the other day… How beautiful […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t visited […]

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

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May

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

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Sunday Memories

Hope you are all having a great weekend? I’m having a lovely one and the weather is absolutely gorgeous

I’m spending most of the weekend in the garden planting plenty bulbs for this Summer; Iris and Gladioli. The seeds in the greenhouse are growing nicely and with the gorgeous weather set to continue I shall be putting them out in the garden soon.

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The Golden Hour

Golden hour photography. The golden hour (also referred to as the magic hour) in […]

Golden Orange

I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was […]

 

April

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Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

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Spring Snow

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard! Today we’ve had snow […]

March Reflections

My portfolio from March 2022, hope you like seeing my work from this month, looking forward to seeing what […]

Monday Blues

Monday blues – the weekend is over, the weather is beautiful and work again! I thought I would share […]

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Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown.

Magnolia was named by the Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus in 1737 in honour of the French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).   The plant which Magnol had described is that we now know as Magnolia virginiana an evergreen American species which despite its name was already growing in Europe by the mid eighteenth century.

The earliest western record of magnolias in cultivation is found in Aztec history at the time of Montezuma where there are illustrations of what we now know to be the very rare Magnolia dealbata.   This plant survives only in a few places in the wild and, although climate change is largely to blame, the natives cut the flowers for festivals and this prevents the plants seeding.   It was found by a Spanish explorer called Hernandez who was commissioned by Philip II of Spain and whose work was published in 1651.

Some of the earliest references to magnolias in literature refer to their purported medicinal properties.   Anyone who has smelt the peculiar smell of magnolia sap – and what an alluring smell it is – will see how likely this was to appeal to those involved in medicine.    The flower buds of Magnolia salicifolia are used in Asia to treat headaches and allergies.  A 1985 study reports on the potential use of this drug in the treatment of cancer.   Another recent study found that tonics from the bark of Magnolia officinalis lessen tremor in patients with Parkinsons disease.

Magnolias are however one of the most primitive plants in evolutionary history and fossil records show that magnolias once existed in Europe, North America and Asia over 100 million years ago.  

Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a […]

Sunday Memories

Hope you are all having a great weekend? I’m having a lovely one and […]

 

Sunday Memories

Sunday memories this time I’ve chosen the theme of yellow.

Yellow flowers commonly evoke feelings of happiness and cheer, which is exactly what they symbolize. The are associated with the sun and as such are often viewed as uplifting especially when included in floral displays. The message does depend of the type of flower and the circumstances, but as a rule, you can count on yellow flowers to carry a positive message.

Ancient Mayans: The Mayans associated yellow with corn the provider of their sustenance. Yellow flowers symbolized wholesomeness and abundance.

Central and South America: In some Central and South American cultures, yellow flowers are reserved for funerals.

Mexico: In some areas of Mexico, marigold yellow represents death.
France: In France the color yellow symbolizes jealousy.

Victorian England: In Victorian times, the yellow rose gained special significance as as symbol of love, as until recently yellow roses did not exist.

Eastern Cultures: The color yellow is considered sacred and imperial, which may carry over to the meaning of yellow flowers.

Western Cultures: In the Western culture, yellow symbolizes happiness, joy and hope.

Yellow flowers have played a vital role in history both as symbols of lightness and levity and as solemn flowers for remembrance and sympathy.

Meaning and Symbolism of Yellow Flowers. Although there are some exceptions to the language of flowers when it comes to yellow flowers, they most commonly represent the following: Friendship, Happiness, Joy, Pride, Clarity, Truth & intellect.

 

Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and […]

Big Butterfly Count

People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of […]

March

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

January 2016-2021
February 2016-2021

May

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video […]

April

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video […]

Sunday Memories

It is Sunday so it must be Memories time again and hope it reminds you of warmer days.
I can hear the rain battering by window and the wind blowing outside. I have fed the birds and tied down the cover of my patio furniture.

Sunflowers reaching for the sun – can’t wait to start growing these again. I may start some of in the next few days once I’ve cleaning the greenhouse out!

Beningbrough Hall is always a favourite of mine partly because I have a National Trust yearly pass which allows be to visit many places.

The meadows at ‘golden hour’ was really special too. Golden buttercups bathed in the rays of the setting sun (plus it was also lovely and hot even at sunset.)

As you probably realise I love photographing bees. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world!

I also visited York where they had made it into a bee friendly city with tubes of flowers and flower displays all around.

Sunday Memories

Sunday memories this time I’ve chosen the theme of yellow. Yellow flowers commonly evoke […]

March

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short […]

February Reflections

My portfolio from February 2022, hope you like seeing my work from this month, […]

Sunday Memories

A few years ago I was highly commended for my image A Tapestry of Leaves by the International Garden Photographer of Year Competition 13.

A Tapestry of Leaves – SJ Butler

I travelled down to London to see my image on show and to see the other winners which were on show in Kew Gardens.
I would have loved to spend more time exploring the gardens but it was a bitter cold day and my train home was leaving at 16:00. Hopefully I will get back there in the Summer to have a longer look.

Kew Gardens

Discover the world of science behind our botanical collections,
with over 50,000 living plants to be found across our UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunday Memories

It is Sunday so it must be Memories time again and hope it reminds you of warmer days. I […]

Tidying the garden

As the nights are drawing in fast and the weather is getting colder & damper, my garden was in […]

Beautiful Sunday

Sunday morning views – how beautiful is this, with York Minster in the background? Lunch and a catch-up with […]

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