Beautiful Bluebells: Spring 2019

To have such spectacular wildflowers growing so comfortably within a big city is often a surprise to many people, residents and visitors alike, but here are this year’s beautiful bluebells flowering in Chalet Wood, Wanstead Park, East London. Some years they come slightly earlier, and some years they come a bit later, but their breath-taking abundance every spring never fails to make me smile 🙂

Flower of the Day

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All a Bit of a Blur…

Springtime walks to see the local bluebells in Chalet Wood are a bit of an annual pilgrimage for me – every year I take my camera and take some new pictures and, lovely though they are, looking back over my cumulative collection I can see they’re all much of a muchness with nothing really to show which year is which (apart from the image data and which particular camera I’ve used). So after taking my usual picturesque shots this afternoon (watch this space), I also played about with deliberately blurring some shots to see how that looked, and I’m really pleased with the results. A bit trippy to look at, but fun nonetheless 🙂

Taken in Chalet Wood, Wanstead Park, East London

Colour Studies of Stillness

I know fairgrounds are traditionally all about whirling movement and laughing people and loud music and flashing lights, but these bright colour studies of stillness and emptiness filled my lens this afternoon – I may take a walk over later tonight to take some action shots in the dark, but for now I’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet of these almost meditative machines as they ready themselves for the hard day’s work ahead 🙂

Easter travelling fair, Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London

Unusual Perspective

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week asks us to take a photo with a different perspective than usual.

Last summer we had a (thankfully well-contained) wildfire on our local green space here, Wanstead Flats in East London. A while afterwards I went for a walk there and took some experimental shots (in colour) of some of the blackened and burned tree trunks lying around – several large old trees had previously been cut down and the charcoal-edged logs still sat exactly where they had been sitting before the fire. The resulting photographs seemed quite disappointing, just dull and dark and boring, so sadly I’d done nothing with them.

But for this particular challenge I had the idea of resurrecting and inverting some of these shots (changing them from positive to negative) and then greyscaling the resulting abstract images – and here they are! Definitely (for me) an unusual perspective of boring old blackened and burned logs 🙂

Thursday Doors – St John’s Church

The lovely old iron-studded wooden door of St John’s Church, Leytonstone, East London, where I live. (I mean I live in Leytonstone, not the church!) The cold bright winter sun really brought out the detail this morning as I walked past, so I thought I’d share it with you for this week’s Thursday Doors 🙂

The first stone of the building was laid in July 1832, and the church was consecrated in October 1833.