DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration



Admiration or just Faithfull …..I suspect both.  My friend Andrew with his two Bernese Mountain Dogs , Lara and Gretel with my rather dwarfed Buster.

All three secure my admiration for just how well they all relate to each other and even tolerate us humans.

Just an idea for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. See what others have submitted on:-


30th April

(C) David Oakes 2016


Little Blue Gems…..


Cannot tell you what these little gems are called. The flower head is not quite a centimetre across with ever so tiny yellow stamens at its centre. Each flower is carried on the end of a long fragile stem.

How they came to be in our garden I do not know, we haven’t planted them, are they self seeded via the birds ?…it is a mystery but also a nice little surprise.

It is also the last day of April….so if the words of the country rhyme are correct we can look forward to more floral delights….

“April Showers bring forth May Flowers”

and there is no doubt that we have had plenty of April Showers.

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2016

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Hiding or Camouflaged


A Herdwick Ewe seeking cover in the reeds….

Just a suggestion for this weeks photo challenge topic of Hiding (or camouflaged)….

You can see what other have suggested on this link :- https://ceenphotography.com/2016/04/28/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-hiding-or-camouflaged/

Ban W Cee

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2016

A Beggars Walk in the Woods….


Shipley Woods

Sunshine and new spring green leaves on the Beech Trees really brighten our walk today in Shipley Woods.

We are making the most of the sunshine; so far this week the weather has given us all 4 seasons each day……and todays forecast seems to be for the same again.

Nor can I tell you why this walk is called Beggars Walk….maybe they just wanted something dramatic for the sign!


The Chestnut Tree is staring to cast its heavy shadow under its spreading branches, whilst Blossom is yet to show in the ornamental garden the Bluebells continue to spread their blue glow across the woodland floor…

Todays Bonus is that the Lodge Tea Rooms have opened for the season….sunny as the day may well be it is also bitterly cold, so that bonus is a warming mug of Hot Chocolate..


Refreshed its back to the Beech woods and with luck back to the car before the promised storms arrive…


28th April
(C) David Oakes 2016