It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already. I was very motivated over the weekend and ended up getting my macro (close-up) lens out. These gorgeous plants look even more magical with early morning dew on. I took far too many images, so still wading through them!
“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.”
“One morning, very early, when the sun was up, I rose & found the shiny dew on every buttercup.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“West, North, & South the children of Men spread and wandered, & their joy was the joy of the morning before the dew is dry, when every leaf is green.”
Top pic F-stop f/7.1 Exposure time 1/400 sec Focal length 60mm ISO 200
Middle pic F-stop f/2.8 Exposure time 1/125 sec Focal length 60mm ISO 200
Bottom pic F-stop f/2.8 Exposure time 1/125 sec Focal length 60mm ISO 200
On my glorious bike rides through the back lanes, Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, is starting to fill the hedgerows.
It was used in traditional medicines and is said to help treat various ailments, such as stomach and kidney problems, breathing difficulties and colds. It has always been used as mosquito repellent.
Common names nowadays are cow parsley, Queen Anne’s lace, mother die, fairy lace, lady’s lace, hedge parsley.
The name ‘Mother die’ or ‘Mummy die’, was used to frighten children into thinking that if they picked cow parsley, their mother would die. This was intended to deter children from potentially picking deadly hemlock.
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.