DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

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Early Morning and time for a Family Outing

A success story for this pair of Swans.  Last year they added to their family and despite the dangers and threats of bringing up a family out in the wilds they have even succeeded in seeing them safely through winter months of harsh weather.

Despite everything they remain a tight family group and will do so for a little while longer….just until the young are old enough to find their own way in a wild world.

For me it is definitely a Success Story.

It is also my submission for this weeks DP Photo Challenge – Story

See what others have suggested on this link:- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/story/

8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Autumn approaches…but not quite yet!



Back here at home we fully expected autumn to be in full swing.  True there are some hints of that rich autumn colour to come but really it is unseasonably green. Tree cover is still thick and that is despite some recent strong winds. In places it does seem rather spring like….


Whilst that is all true I do have to be honest and say that ‘out in the open’ the colour of the light has lost its warmth, only where the sun catches red colours does it gleam….


One noticeable exception to my comments on the trees and their leaf cover is the Ash tree….all Ash in our immediate area have dropped their leaves.  I suppose it is more noticeable with Ash as when the leaves drop it is overnight and virtual instant…blink and they have gone….


Elsewhere the sun still struggles to more than just cast shadows…shadows that get longer with each day.  Autumn approaches but slowly.


20th October

(C) David Oakes 2017

Landscape of Contrasts Dark and Overgrown……to Lush and Bright




The green vegetation has gone spring mad, casting dark shadows over just about everything, only allowing slivers of sunshine thru…..perhaps mysterious is an apt phrase.

Nothing mysterious once we head into the woods. ….


Springs Fresh Canopy….

The early morning sun has a chance here to break thru the fresh spring leaves of the woodlands canopy not only is it some much brighter the temperature has shifted upwards by more than a few degrees.

The last of the Bluebells are making the most of the light, soon the glades will all be dark and they no more…


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Down by the lake all is calm and the spring sunshine is creating what we hope will be a day full of promise…..

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29th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

Spring Sunshine…..


Clematis Flower…

Less than a week ago the Clematis was no more than some buds of promise…remember these….

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Well just look at them now….

Elsewhere and hiding in one dark corner, now fighting for light, is this Snow Flake flower. Normally they have bloomed and gone by now, not this year they are one of the this years slow starters.  Not sure we are going to have the usual full display…


The Woodland canopy is now filling out, casting dark shadows over the ground below.  Not good news for our Bluebells.


Bluebells always have a race against time.  Dormant for most of the year you would not know they were there.  Then in early spring they suddenly burst from what looked like lifeless earth, green leaves that eventually send up a delicate flower stalk with the characteristic Blue Bells atop.




But it is a race to flower before the light is cut off and then for another year they die back to the ground and soon we would not know that they were beneath our feet.

Sycamore are amongst my favourite trees and they also add to springs glory with leaves that glisten and filter the morning light…


Humble leaves but as beautiful in my view as any flower blossom, changing colours as they develop into full grown leaves.


Early Morning….Allestree Lake

A lovely spring morning….but best make the most of it as the Weather Forecasters tell us that a VERY cold snap is on the way with the certainty of frost and the possibility of snow.  As always with the weather we will wait and see. 🙂

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

Spring Green encroaches……


Green ….Again !

No doubting that spring has sprung, everywhere is bursting with green.  Green in every shade and tint that you can imagine.

Green we are also told that it does the sole, and just about every other aspect of our human bodies, a world of good.

For those in the UK or who have access to the BBC Radio I-Player  then tune into a programme that was broadcast on Radio 4 at 1.45pm on the 12th April.  It is 15 minutes of everything you didn’t know about the colour green…..worth a listen.

Here is a link to the I-player:-    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio

and a link to the programme


14th April

(C) David Oakes 2017