Sunday Memories

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It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

The early bird catching the bird (or mouse!) – By SJ Butler
Stunning morning colours – By SJ Butler
Beautiful evening colours – By SJ Butler
Heart Stone & Sunset – By SJ Butler
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Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across this video of The Beast from […]

Spring Memories

A few images from past Springtime. I just love the colours and the freshness of Spring. The first Daffodil has […]

Memories of Spring 2018

Well another weekend (nearly) already! As there has not been any gorgeous sunrises or sunsets this week (or none that […]

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June

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.

June

What a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the […]

June

Well, May was a busy month!I was commissioned to photograph a very beautiful (and green) […]

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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.

One of my favourite sunsets – Derwentwater SJ Butler
View of the boathouse at Grassmere – SJ Butler

 

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!

January
February
March
April
May
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June silence

Sorry for the silence but what a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

Hello June

Wow it’s been a week since my last post! I’ve just been so busy with work and gardening and […]

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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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June

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

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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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Last Day of May

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

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 […]

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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 […]