Its Official…Its Spring



20th March…at last the Spring Equinox, so officially it is the start of Spring. 


New life is starting to appear and before long everything will burst out of its winter hibernation in a rush of green and golden yellow soon to be followed by a multitude of rainbow colours.

That’s the good news for the day….. and whilst the sun IS shinning at the moment I don’t think it will be with us for long

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


March 1st…..but not yet Spring. BUT it is Saint David’s Day


Llyn Padarn looking towards Yr Wyddfa

Snowdonia, North Wales

March 1st, a new month and for the Meteorological Office its is the first day of Spring. With snow cover much of the UK, I guess many will share my view that Spring doesn’t start till the Equinox on March 20th.

What isn’t disputed is that March the 1st is Saint David’s Day.

Today marks the death of the Patron Saint of Wales on this day in 589AD.

So to mark this special day for all Welsh people where ever they may live, here is a bouquet of Daffodils…. the National Flower of Wales


A Bowl of Welsh Gold

Wales. Flag

1st March

(C) David Oakes 2018

We didn’t forget….to Spring forward


Allestree Lake …Early on the 1st Day of British Summer Time

We did remember to move our clocks on by an hour (thankfully technology does that automatically now in many aspects of our life) but it is the inner sole that has to adjust.

8am GMT suddenly becomes 9am BST. and thankfully it is another bright Spring morning….whilst the sun is up and about it still has a very cold look to it and in reality a cold feel to the start of what for me is the real start of Spring.

No doubt over the next few weeks I will be impatient with Springs progress, the woodland floor will soon become a carpet of blue anxious to bloom before the leaves cast their shadows over the forest floor, and gradually other wild flowers will start to show. But it will as always be slow…then as if someone throws a magic switch a multitude of flowers  will explode into view along hedges, across meadows and of course our gardens.

There is a rhyme that rather sums the situation up and it goes like this “ April Showers will bring forth May Flowers“.    Then once that happens we will declare that summer is here.

26th March

(C) David Oakes 2017

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – A New Photo


The Spring Equinox

A recent picture , one taken within the past two weeks was the brief.  So I guess as the Northern Spring Equinox occurred on the 20th March that fits the timing just fine.

The day started with a heavy mist that did not lift till mid morning when the sun did its very best to break through.  So this image is a capture of that moment. In my original post (  to mark the coming of Spring the image was in colour…so here it is again


Go to the link below to see what others have suggested for this weeks B&W Challenge:-

25th March

(C) David Oakes 2016

Official….it’s Spring…..

March 20th the Spring Equinox


It must be Spring as the wild and naturalised  Daffodils in the woodlands have started to blow their own bright yellow trumpets…..O.K. many folk in the UK have been enjoying Daffodils for some time now but in our corner of middle England those blooms have been cultivated garden Daff’s ……Once those free in the woodlands start to bloom you really know that Spring has sprung, well its a promising start.

A promising start….much more promising than the start of this first day of Spring…


Morning mist and a thick layer of cloud did eventually allow a brave sun to break through and from mid morning we were bathed in warm sunshine, warm enough to encourage that hibernating growth.

The bark of the Silver Birch  seemed to have a richer glow to its twisted stretching structure, but perhaps of great significance is the red tinge to the branches were new leaf growth is starting to swell the buds, reddish now but soon those vital spring green shoots will pop.


Admittedly  couple of small signs of Spring….but it does seem, and feel, like a big step forward into the new season

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2016