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S is for Seasonal Subjects – Spring

I’ve had a change of mind regarding my topic for S… I was planning to post a varied selection of images taken with my smartphone camera, but after yet another enjoyable walk in our local park with my Nikon and 35mm (50mm equivalent) prime (again!) to see if the spring bluebells were blooming in bulk (rather than just a few dotted around here and there) I realised that I really do love photographing seasonal subjects. I grew up in a farming community in rural Scotland where life revolved around accommodating for and adapting to the different seasons, and it seems that old habits die hard. Even here in London we still have clearly-defined seasons, you just have to look a bit harder to find them…

Spring is all fresh green shoots and new growth bringing a welcome burst of colour after the drab, dull greys of winter in the city; summer in London means a warm dry landscape of parched straw-coloured grass, shady full-leafed trees and deep azure skies; autumn is a blustery riot of russet and copper and gold foliage-fall regularly dampened with squally rain; and winter brings the promise of beautiful clear frosty mornings, the occasional snow flurry, bare skeletal branches and spectacular dark brooding skies to capture through my lens. And just when we’ve had enough of depressing darkness the days begin to lengthen again, the first signs of spring appear, and the cycle starts all over again…

We’re so lucky to have so many bluebells growing in the woods close to where we live, and however old I get I hope I never lose the magical feeling of walking through peaceful woodland carpeted with flowers (always sticking to the designated paths, of course). They’ve only really started blooming en masse within the last few days so aren’t quite at their absolute bluest and best yet, but I hope you enjoy seeing them nonetheless…

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Primrose Hill to Camden Lock

We’ve had some lovely weather this week, so I’ve been out and about in London with my camera – yesterday I walked up through Regents Park to Primrose Hill, then along the towpath of Regents Canal to Camden Lock. London is pretty flat on the whole, with hills very few and far between, so the few reasonable gradients that do exist tend to be used by everyone as natural viewpoints across the city.

Although neither Regents Park nor Camden Lock were particularly quiet on such a warm and sunny summer’s afternoon, I had a really peaceful and relaxing walk, enjoying an impromptu picnic lunch on the top of Primrose Hill, and a refreshingly chilled still lemonade on the canal side at Camden, just sitting and watching the world go by… 🙂

trees-primrose-hillTrees on the way up Primrose Hill

primrose-hill-londonThe view from the top of Primrose Hill

st-marks-church-gateThe lovely old gateway of St Marks Church, Regents Park caught my eye

regents-canal-tow-pathWalking along the tow-path of Regents Canal towards Camden

camden-lock-with-boatsCamden Lock in operation – one boat going up, one going down

canal-boat-camdenCanal boat going under the bridge on Chalk Farm Road, Camden