Spring, the miracle of nature
Spring has finally arrived in the South of the UK. After what seems like a very cold and wet winter, the middle of April has seen a sudden change and nature is coming to life with the animals busy collecting nesting materials and people generally have a spring in their step. All good really.
My garden has been overwhelmed with a huge variety of birds this year including Blue Tits, A Heron, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Sparrows, Blackbirds, Male, and Female Pheasants, Wood Pidgeons and Bats. The bats only arriving at sunset and hoovering up the newly arrived flying bugs.
The plants are not only in my garden but at the various National Trust locations dotted about Sussex have completely come to life. The gardens at Nymans have started getting into spring mode with the Magnolias in full bloom.
Standen House, another amazing trust property with huge gardens and a really admirable collection of plants collected from all over the world. Just to add, there is a conservatory here containing Banana, Cacti, and various tropical plants.
The Camera Setup
All the photos on this page were shot with a Canon base and a 50mm Prime lens. Shutter speed at 1/1000 and Aperture below f2.5. The day was bright so the ISO was kept below 200 to keep the pictures clean of grain.
The photo above was a nice surprise for me. I was wandering around Wakehurst Place in Sussex, away from the mainstream paths when I saw the darkest brown and grey looking pine tree ever. Out of some of the braches, these red and pink buds were sprouting out. Looked totally fantastic.
I will wrap up this post with a photo of a Great Tit. Taken from my bedroom window, after putting a little food on the fence for the little fella.
I hope you enjoyed my little snapshot of spring from Sussex in the UK. More of these type of photos are on this botany photography site.
Have a nice spring everyone.