My Photo Blog and Diary page
Various photo happenings and a few thoughts along the way.
Photo above: Spring Flowering Cherry. (Nikon D800)
Similar to last year, this spring has again been very dry and we did not see any real rain until the last few days of April. Also and despite the fact that we have seen plenty of sunshine, it has been very cold with a lot of night time frosts. According to the Met Office, it has been the coldest April for ninety-nine years and has presented us with some real problems in the greenhouse and garden.
Covid continues but there is now some hope of a little normality on the horizon and an eventual end to lockdowns – we shall see.
Photo right: Frosty nights and cold April dawns. (iphone XR)
Early Spring 2021
We are now into March and early spring. The weather is mixed but the spring bulbs are making their usual strong appearance.
We are still under national lockdown rules and, in a few days’ time, we will have been subjected to the Covid emergency powers for a year. The garden and surrounding area has never been photographed so much by me before! At least I have been able to record a little, if not a lot, of all the seasons. No two years are ever the same and this, at least, provides some variety.
The National Covid plan is to start relaxing the restrictions at the end of March, but this will depend very much on the opinion of the “experts”. We will see what happens!
Some of my Northumbrian landscape photos were used to illustrate parts of an important consultative report, commissioned this year by The Northumberland and Newcastle Society, entitled “Northumberland Sandstone Ridges and Vales - A Valued Landscape”. Two of the photos and text are extracted beneath.
The report was prepared by Alison Farmer and Associates, Cambridge.
Late January 2021
The far horizons of Northumberland with the Cheviot in a very seasonal covering of snow.
The Pandemic continues with a full national lock-down. But the vaccine has arrived for my age group and my wife and I have now received our first dose of the Oxford jab. Will this be the start of the recovery? The economic damage, both at home and abroad, is immense. Tens of thousands have lost their jobs and future prospects for many look very bleak. There is little doubt now that the recovery will be long and painful and the picture of the world we had before is about to change very considerably. A new world order, with considerable Asian influence and control, is now becoming even more evident.
The spring bulbs are now beginning to push up and hopefully the warmer days of spring are not too far away now.
Photo: iphone XR
New Year and another Covid lock-down; this one probably through till March at which time my wife and I will be celebrating one year of shielding and being largely cut-off from the outside world and our family. The lock-downs started in the spring, when the weather was generally very spring-like and pleasant, which made the novelty of being confined to the home much easier to tolerate. This time we are in January with some very seasonal and cold snowy weather. Hopefully, Spring will not be too far away and, with newly released vaccines, the pandemic will start to wane.
From our rural isolation, on our laptops, we are watching a World drama unfolding. The effect of the pandemic has been catastrophic all around the Globe. Economies have been shattered and people are having to survive in increasingly difficult and often impossible situations. Governments are becoming increasingly unstable and with Brexit and the chaotic American political scene, it is becoming obvious things will never be the same again. Recovery, as followed two World wars, will be long and painful and there will be a great deal of political competition and pressures as a new world order emerges.
Photo above: Looking over the rooftops of the West Turnpike in Glanton towards Thrunton woods.
Photo left: The Summerhouse, in the garden, looking a bit on the chilly side.
All photos: Apple iphone XR