Friday photo hunt – signs of spring/signs of autumn

The weekly photo hunt is continuing through March and this monthย Kate has provided two similar subjects for each week with a choice of using one or the other, or both. A timely walk at the beginning of this week provided one of the photos for spring and a trawl through the archives came up with some autumn photos which have never been on this blog before.
The first two photos were taken in mid February 2019 in the grounds of Lytham Hall. I’d gone there to do the Snowdrop Walk and the carpets of snowdrops were indeed very beautiful though I was quite surprised to see a couple of clumps of very pretty crocuses popping up on the edge of the woodland. The climate on the coast must be much milder than inland as here at home there was no sign of any crocuses at all so early in the year.
Copy of Lytham Hall - snowdrop walk 012Copy of Lytham Hall - snowdrop walk 059
The butterfly photo was taken in mid March last year. The weather was warming up considerably and while on a dog walk near a local golf course I was surprised to see the peacock butterfly which flitted past me and landed on the path just a few yards away, but before I had chance to focus the camera it flew off again so I kept walking. This happened several times but eventually it landed and stayed just long enough for me to snatch a reasonable photo of it.
DSCF4414
The daffodil shot was taken on Monday this week while walking round a local reservoir. Up until recently much of the reservoir has been surrounded by pine forest but the clearance of a lot of the trees bordering the path on one side has opened everything up and it was just off the path that I spotted the small clump of miniature daffodils. I always think of daffodils as being ‘happy’ flowers and these were a lovely and unexpected sign of spring.
DSCF7761
On to autumn now and all four of these shots were taken at Bolton Abbey in October 2012. As part of a group of solo and single-parent campers I was staying at a lovely site four miles from Skipton, and while we all got together in the evenings for fun, food, good conversation and impromptu entertainment the days were very much ‘do your own thing’, so not being one to hang around on site when the weather was good I took myself and the dogs to Bolton Abbey one day. I’d been there a few times in previous years but this was the first time visiting on my own, and with the sunshine and autumn colours in the trees I got some really nice photos.
Riverside Beach Party - Oct. 2012 060 - CopyRiverside Beach Party - Oct. 2012 036 - CopyRiverside Beach Party - Oct. 2012 041 - CopyRiverside Beach Party - Oct. 2012 026 - Copy
Well that just about wraps up my selections for this week, time for an early breakfast now then later on I’ll pop over to Kate’s blog to see what photos have been chosen by others this week.

31 thoughts on “Friday photo hunt – signs of spring/signs of autumn

  1. Bolton Abbey is such a lovely place isn’t it? That particular occasion was the first time I’d been later in the year and I loved all the autumn colours in the trees ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

  2. It is lovely to see signs of Spring. I usually buy daffodils for the house but no idea if I can add some to our online grocery delivery, I’ll have to check.The crocuses are very pretty and I do remember your Snowdrop Walk. I like your signs of Autumn photos too of course.

    Like

    1. I often buy daffodils for the house, I think they make things look really bright and cheerful, though I have to keep them out of the way of Mouse as she will bite the petals off – she’s already ruined my latest aloe vera plant ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The autumn colours at Bolton Abbey that year really made for some lovely photos and I was glad I went that day.

      Like

  3. Lovely pictures, especially the ones taken at Bolton Abbey, a place we love to visit. I have some beautiful autumn pictures of the walk along to the Strid. We usually take a picnic lunch there during the summer. x

    Like

    1. Back in summer 2007 my then partner and I took my friend and her 11-year old daughter for a picnic at Bolton Abbey one sunny weekend. I had a bright pink inflatable armchair and we took it in turns to sail down part of the river on it – it was great fun ๐Ÿ™‚

      Like

  4. Oh, I had forgotten about the Photo Challenge.
    Beautiful Spring shots, well done. They are so different from the flat cloud and dull light we have today, thanks for sending some brightness over here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

    1. I’m glad you liked the brightness Jayne but the actual weather here today was just the same as yours – very different from the sunshine and blue sky of earlier in the week.

      Like

  5. Lovely to see the peacock butterfly out and about so early , looking forward to seeing one of those. They are definitely the statement piece of butterflies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

  6. Spring is such a special time of year. It brings lots of promise. Whilst I live near to Bolton Abbey, it’s a place I’ve never explored as my Beloved is not really interested. I do plan to go there with a friend, once we can socialise but until then your photos are such a treat. All your photos are happy and made me smile. Thanks.

    Like

    1. I love spring, especially once the new leaves start appearing on the trees and everywhere magically turns green. I’m glad you like the photos of Bolton Abbey, if you can get there sometime you really should as it’s a lovely place. It’s not cheap to park but the cost covers all three car parks in different locations on the estate so you can use any or all of them in one day for the same price.

      Like

    1. Thank you. The peacock butterfly is one of the commonest here in England and Wales but rarer in Scotland, adults can be seen between March and May and again from July to September. I find many butterflies are often difficult to photograph as they flit about so much; Iโ€™m sure this one was teasing me by landing and flying off again several times but at least I did finally manage to get a shot of it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Lovely photos Eunice ๐Ÿ™‚ we’ve not seen any butterflies yet, but bees and ladybirds (as you know) am so looking forward to seeing butterflies – then you know warmer days are on their way!

    Like

  8. Seeing that butterfly last March was quite a surprise as I thought it was too early but the weather was getting warmer by the day so it must have decided to come out of hibernation. I do like your little ladybird though, it looks so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

  9. Your photographs are lovely. The only decent butterfly photograph I ever managed to take was of one we ‘grew’ ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope we see many more this year. X

    Like

    1. That’s just made me smile Jules, I didn’t know it was possible to ‘grow’ butterflies – I know what you meant though ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you’ll get lucky with them this year and get one or two good photos ๐Ÿ™‚

      Like

  10. Lovely to see the first butterfly of the season … not spotted any here yet. Would love a revisit to Bolton Abbey … itโ€™s been far too long ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Like

    1. The butterfly shot was taken in March last year when the weather started getting warm. Apparently you can see them from March onwards but I think it’s far too cold for them just now.

      Like

  11. Well it’s nothing like spring here at the moment. After a few nice days earlier in the week it’s now bitterly cold again – I can’t wait for the weather to warm up.

    Like

  12. Our daffodils are very late this year, except for the miniature ones … they bring a smile to my face every time I see them .. Your photos of Bolton Abbey are stunning – the Autumn colours were great this year too.

    Like

  13. Actually it’s very confusing as though I live in Bolton, Lancashire, Bolton Abbey is about 55 miles and a 1.5 hours drive away in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a lovely place though and nice to visit at any time of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s