Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is asking for anything large – so here is an unusual view of a large tree, taken from the very bottom looking straight up the trunk towards the branches 🙂
Cee’s B&W Challenge this week asks for crooked, squiggly, and curved lines – so I thought this spectacularly squiggly tree would be the perfect contender, as its branches are definitely all three 🙂
Spanish Moss on Oak
Spanish moss hanging off the branches of an old oak tree in Louisiana for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt: Hang 🙂
A selection of Louisiana trees draped in Spanish Moss for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week…
And a beautiful tree-lined avenue creating a protective guard of honour leading up to the old house at the aptly-named Oak Alley Plantation… 🙂
Cypress Swamp in Watercolour
What with one thing or another, a whole month had flown by with no attempt at painting anything at all, so the other day I decided to try to create a very different landscape to my usual Scottish highland views.
This is my very loose, abstract take on a small segment of cypress swamp from my recent trip to visit my in-laws in Louisiana. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a start to getting back into playing with watercolours again… 🙂
Sijo Poetry Challenge: Autumn
Autumn breezes in on a chill wind, shivering trees whisper
Chameleon leaves colour, fall in seasonal surrender
Bare bones branches hold fast, await in time winter’s frosty veil
April A-Z: N is for Nature
I’ve always loved spending time in nature, I grew up in the Scottish countryside along the East Coast from Aberdeen to Inverness, and we moved back to Inverness from London two and a half years ago.
It generally rains a lot here, so outdoors our foliage is usually green and lush pretty much all year round. My ideal gardening style is creatively informal and abundant, I love the idea of having seasonal plants filling up the flower beds all year round and in the summer I enjoy the feeling of soft grass cool and ticklish beneath my bare feet. I like to have potted greenery dotted around the house too, somehow bringing a little bit of nature inside my home always helps me feel grounded… ❤
Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!
Red rowan berries in situ for today’s Flower of the Day 🙂
Weathered Tree Stump
An old weathered dead tree stump in my back garden – for some reason it’s been left about 10 ft tall, so I’ve no idea why the tree was technically ‘cut down’ so high up the trunk! 🙂
A Walk in the Woods
A few pics from today’s walk – I really pushed myself and went further than I have in a long time, so I’m exhausted now I’m home again but delighted that I did it! I used to be such a great walker BC (Before Covid) and I’m determined to build up my strength and stamina as sensibly as I can to try to beat this lingering breathlessness and tiredness.
It’s definitely a lot better than it was, I do feel some improvement month on month but I wish someone could give me some indication of just how long I should expect this ‘Long Covid’ to last for. Of course sadly no-one knows yet… It seems to be one of those ‘How long is a piece of string?’ questions… Sigh! 🙂