Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL


Lavender Steps

I have published this image before on my Blog…but when the topic nominated for this weeks challenge was ‘Colourful’ I immediately thought of all the colours of nature we get in an English garden across the summer….every hue and tint different from its neighbour even on the same petal.

You can go and see the colourful world of others on this link


27th August

(C) David Oakes 2018


It is Changing …….


Change is on the way..

Although summer still has many more days instore for us there is no doubt that the days are starting later and finishing earlier…..  that sun is drifting south and giving us mornings and evenings of longer shadows.


The wet spring and heatwave summer has played many tricks on our plants. We have a Rose that normally only produces flowers the once, so this year it has been a bonus producing a flower on 3 occasions… a real bonus even if the later flowers have not been as vibrant or strong.  Berries are forming and Sweet Chestnuts are prolific, hopefully giving us a good crop of nuts in a few weeks time. As for the recent rains, well they didn’t amount to much but did rejuvenate flowers like Geraniums. The river is still low and calm, even though the weir runs white. The year is progressing and autumn will arrive in due course…in the meantime we have that late summer where the light is low, warm and kind.

Ideal evenings for a jog in the Park  (if of course you are that way inclined)


If not then walk the dog…or just put your feet up and relax   🙂

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2018



Another Indicator of Change…..


Lords and Ladies

Lets give it the proper  name of Arum maculatum.  Just a little early to show in our garden but still a sign that Autumn is on the way (I know we still have some more summer left). This is the fruit stem which burst from a green leaf cover like a shroud. With the drought and heat the foliage has fallen away very quickly exposing just the stem. This stem is rather squat this season at about 4 inches berry to berry.

It is more usually found in hedgerows and dark woodland areas, a wild plant, but we have a number in shady spots in the garden, self seeded probably by birds, and we are rather proud of them….though visitors do wonder why we don’t dig them up.

Because of the shroud from which the stem emerges it has attracted many names over the centuries. Devils and Angels, Cuckoo-pint, Snakehead, Soldiers diddies, Jack in the Pulpit and a whole host of more indelicate names.

So advance warning that seasonal change has started…maybe the heat and drought is accelerating the move

10th August

(C) David Oakes 2018



The start of the week followed a similar pattern of drizzle, some wind but mainly sunshine…..just a lot cooler. The Lake looked fresh in the morning sunshine but the waters had that murky look from the past heat and disturbance from the rains.

What did look rather fine is the new Lilly patch planted by the Angling Club. that and other plantings of wildlife friendly flora is making a world of difference…


The fresh morning feel was much more noticeable in our woodland.  Bracken and Ferns that have been suffering in the drought have a new lease on life adding a green hue to the darker woods…all together an invigorating walk….




It is now August so there is no denying that the year is progressing, seed heads are now the norm for some of our wild flowers though some others are still doing there best to add colour..


Harvesting is still ongoing creating yet another seasonal dimension…


But those signs of an approaching autumn which may well be early this year are appearing as a reminder that the summer has been so dry…maybe a period of prolonged rain may revitalise everything….


3rd August

(C) David Oakes 2018