Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Ooh Shiny


An Arctic Sunset 

My “Ooh Shiny“…the topic for this weeks DP Photo Challenge…has to be sunsets.  Hard to resist grabbing the camera and trying my best to do one of natures wonders justice.

Each is very different, unique to the moment a moment that constantly changes, a moment that is unpredictable and often sneaks up on us when least expected.

The sunset above was one such evening.  A cloudy evening at mid-summer as we headed towards the Arctic Circle the cloud suddenly eased away just in time to give us another wondrous display of colour…… another Ooh Shiny for my collection.

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via Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

17th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

More Signals…. that the Seasons are moving along


Cotoneaster Berries

Cotoneaster Berries are now rich red and draped with cobwebs in the garden..


Crab Apples

Whilst on the woodland edge the diminutive Crab Apples , about an inch wide, are swelling and starting to develop a ting of red.

Thankfully the garden is still providing hotspots of bright colour to let us know that summer is still with us…



But late afternoon sunshine on the Hedgerow hints that autumn will inevitably arrive as the sun catches and adds a rich glow to the seed heads of the Cow Parsley…

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15th August

(C) David Oakes 2017


Slowly the Seasons Change


Mid Day and the shadows are getting longer…

Like it or not, nor we cannot fight against it,  here in the Northern Hemisphere the sun is moving southwards once again….so each day is just that little bit shorter and the shadows noticeably longer.

Apart from the shadows the meadows grasses are turning yellow, and the meadow flowers turning to seed.

In the hedgerow the Elder Berries are swelling and starting to develop their distinctive dark rich colour in clusters along red stems….


The colourful Himalayan Balsam may be consider an invasive specie, but in these days when they report that Bee populations are declining due to lack of food, then for me the Balsam appears to be a life line.



The leaf canopy in the woods remains dense allowing only a shafts of sun to reach the woodland floor.  In the young Silver Birch coppice it provides a dappled carpet of brightness into what would otherwise be a dark space…


Nearly the middle of August and the year moves on in readiness of the next seasonal change.

14th August

(C) David Oakes  2017