A Taste of Spring

We had a beautiful couple weeks of sunshine and spring, but for all this week I’ve hardly seen the sky through the clouds and pouring rain. And now the weather people are threatening frost and even snow! In May?! So to bring a little sunshine back into our lives I decided to share a few images from this spring so far.

Sometimes I’m not certain whether spring has really arrived, or whether it’s just taunting me with hints of what’s to come. But once the magnolia starts throwing forth its abundant blossom there’s no more room for doubting.

(Photo taken at: 1/1600, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1600, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100)

Suddenly there’s colour and life in every direction…

(Photo taken at: 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/400, f/2.5, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/400, f/2.5, ISO 100)

… even in the least likely of places.

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/2.5, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/2.5, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/400, f/2.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/400, f/2.8, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/500, f/2.0, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/500, f/2.0, ISO 100)

This spider lived on this daffodil until it withered (the daffodil, not the spider). I watched him every day for about three days, hiding behind the petals and catching any poor unsuspecting creature that attempted to drink the flower’s nectar. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in England, does anyone know what he (or possibly she) is? Or where he (or she!) goes for the 51 weeks of the year when there are no daffodils?

(Photo taken at: 1/200, f/2.0, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/200, f/2.0, ISO 100)

I think grape hyacinths provide my favourite colour of springtime, shortly afterwards bluebells pick up where they leave off.

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/2.5, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/2.5, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/160, f/2.0, ISO 100)

(Photo taken at: 1/160, f/2.0, ISO 100)

Wishing you a beautiful, sunny, colourful spring wherever you are!

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5 thoughts on “A Taste of Spring

    • Oh no no! Please don’t do that! If you only let yourself make perfect art you’ll never make any at all! And besides, how will you be able to see the progress you’ve made. When I look back at my early pictures I want to laugh, I’m still a thousand miles and many years of practice away from satisfied with my own work.

      I’m so glad you like these, they’re some of my favourite that I’ve taken in a while. But what you don’t see are the 150 or more that didn’t work out. The compositions that slipped, the colours that clashed, the DoF that was all wrong.

      If you love to take photos then take them! If you don’t like a photo look at why and learn how to make it better. Ask me anything you like and I’ll be more than happy to help if I’m able. Just don’t give up!

  1. Ok, another stupid question. At a friends recommendation, I was going to buy the Canon T5i. I’m just doing recreational photography, I don’t need a big kit or camera. I just noticed that the 60D is $150. cheaper, which I like. Is there any real difference in these two aside from the T5i having a touch screen? I’d prefer to not spend more than needed but I don’t want to buy the wrong one because I overlooked an important detail others would pick up on right away. I appreciate your input very much.

    • Ooh, camera shopping! From what I can see in a side-by-side comparison on dpreview.com (which is my first stop to compare any cameras) there seems to be very little difference between the workings of these two cameras. If I was choosing for myself I think I would lean towards the 60d. It’s a heavier camera, which you should keep in mind while making your decision, but it has a fastest shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second as opposed to 1/4000th of the T5i, and is also environmentally protected against dust and water, which is always great. However perhaps the lighter weight of the T5i may make it more attractive to carry with you more often?

      I would say if possible go to a camera store that carries the two cameras and just play with them for a while, get a feel for which body feels better to you. Don’t worry about missing something important because it’s mainly a matter of your own taste, there’s no huge glaring differences between them. Whichever camera you choose will serve you well and do anything you need it to do! Good luck and let me know how your decision-making goes!

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