So last time I talked about some spring loaded nostalgic nonsense for a while then basically got down to the usual banging on about exposure blaa de blaa de blaa and fact that the flowers are reappearing so get out there and shoot some.
First thing, where have all the flowers gone? Well to be frank (you be ernest), they haven’t. Go outside, look down you’ll probably spot some. Trust me I’ve tried it.
Daisies and Lesser Celandine are in my lawn heralding the spring like delicate trumpets played by an under sod worm orchestra. Don’t discount what many term a weed, take a second look they’re as perfect as the rest and probably more so than many of the plants we grow that have been manipulated by humans. People who breed plants with genitals (read flowers) so large they can’t support their own weight should tie a bag of cement to their own then try doing their shopping.
Get down to a grass roots level, get a lens in close. If you shoot with a DSLR and don’t have a macro lens you could try a diopter filter, basically a magnifying glass you screw on to the front of your lens. They’re relatively cheap (starting at about £20) and can open a new world of close up fun. Extension tubes are also a relatively cheap method to adapt what you have to the purpose, these are tubes that fit between the lens and camera body that enable you to focus much closer. Both have their shortcomings but for the price there’s much fun to be had and you can get beautiful results.
Once you’ve spent a morning sliding round the garden on your belly you might find you want to stand up so you can reach the gate latch and explore the surrounding area, and what a perfect surround we have. The Island has a very rich native flora, our copses will soon be full of Bluebells and wood anemones. Take a look at the woods behind The Griffin pub in Godshill, maybe Borthwood in Apse Heath. Centurion Copse near Brading has beautful drifts of wild Daffs, much more delicate than the ones we plant in our gardens and later in the same area Marsh Marigolds stand proud reflected in the dark pools they’re born from.
The grassy moats around Carisbrooke Castle are very rich as is Mount Joy cemetery across the road from it which also enjoys fabulous views north over Newport and south up though to the old Whitecroft water tower.
Our footpaths, cycle routes and bridle ways are also lined with delicate colour whispering to the bees and ripe for capture. Of course not only do native flowers thrive here but exotics form all over the world are abound. Ventnor Botanic Garden is a real feast as are the grounds to Osbourne House. Opportunities abound and with the glorious weather we’ve been having what better excuse for me to shut up and go out and relish the spring.