Same woodland….but a very different Spring


Shipley Woods

Same woods that hosted the snowdrop spectacular yesterday…. but a very different feel.

The character is very different.  This is the windward side of the wood, the opposite side of the hill…… and the winds of late have done a great job of sweeping the woodland floor. There are still some leaves about but for the most part the woods have had a ‘Spring Clean’.


The early morning sun added a warm feel to what was in reality a cold morning

but I couldn’t resist a last peak at the Snowdrops….


23rd February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Structure


Crochet…..Fisherman Style

Patience, nimble fingers and a skill past down over the generations go into creating these very practical ‘Structure’s’.

My suggestion for this weeks B&W Photo Challenge

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

Ban W Cee

23rd February

(C) David Oakes 2018

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


There I was framing up a shot of old Stavanger when I caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of this couple.  They had seemingly just got married and were leading the guest to the Reception venue.  No time to think…just turn and shoot.

The couple were unaware of everyone, happy in their new world.  They certainly turned a few heads amongst all the tourists.

But it is that little girl on the right that has intrigued me… a face in the crowd. I wonder just what her thoughts were ?

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. You can see what others have suggested on this link:-

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Its a Snowdrop Bonanza….



It is a bumper year for Snowdrops….and we have been graced with a sunny spell to add to our enjoyment of the mornings woodland walk…


I guess our warm summer and mild winter has been kind to the woodland bulbs…. it will not belong before the Daffodils replace the white carpet with their various shades of yellow….then standby it will be Bluebell season.

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018


A Cold Snap Pending….. so feed the Birds


Our Robin is busy seeking out insects and seeds.  With an Arctic cold snap predicted for the coming week he and his feathered friends will need all the energy they can get.

With that in mind I guess we can help by feeding all the birds that visit our gardens……after all I think we would miss there company.

21st February

(C) David Oakes 2018