Alnwick Gardens ~ April 2018 ~ Part 1 ~ Tai Haku Blossom

Cherry blossom, don’t you just love how it bursts forth at the end of winter, piercing the grey skies in defiance with their lush pink or white bunches of blossom. I have a  lovely pink one in my front garden, but Sophie doesn’t, so when Spring comes, we go off on a blossom hunt.  This year Sophie found out that Alnwick gardens have an orchard of over 300 Tai Haku cherry blossom trees, the biggest in the world apparently. The story of the Tai Haku is lovely. Back in the day, a chap called Captain Collingwood Ingram, was obsessed with…

Day 284~366

I was telling Frego about my ‘tree’ month back in May, and how much I’d had fun doing it, so she asked me to take her to see it so she could get a couple of shots there herself. There were big black clouds just creeping up so Frego shot the tree with them behind her to get a bit of blue sky before it got eaten up.  Then she wanted to climb the tree and do a shot of the landscape. And on the way home she spotted the graffiti wall, “what does it mean?” she asked me..  …

Day 152~366

Today is the last day I’ve visited the tree, at least for the purposes of the 366 theme. I was a bit disappointed the weather was a bit grim, very windy and cloudy and ready to rain, but at least I had the tree to myself. Firstly a little climb 🙂 Can’t get as high as the young’uns, but 2nd rung wasn’t too bad. In a few months time I’ll be doing a ‘Crystal Ball’ month, so I thought I’d take it to the tree and do something different than straight shots. and my pic of the day And here…

Day 151~366

As often happens when going to the tree with a particular shot in mind, I get there and a different shot is waiting for me. Today it was Ladies Day at the tree. The ladies were very excited to be part of my project 🙂 I can’t remember all of their names, but there’s a Francis and a Grace so thanks to them and their friends for being so lovely.

Day 150~366

The tree is in full on leafed up to the eyebrows mode now, looking pretty. It’s been a long day, have been out photographing flowers in Birkheads Secret Garden with my pal Sophie, and then Tanfield Railway, then had to do the tree still. Lots of photo’s to play with 🙂 here’s the tree today

Day 149~366

Trotted over to the tree this afternoon, a bit of sunshine today, though I’ve found that doesn’t help when shooting upwards as the sky gets blown out, not to worry, I’ve got used to the settings I need to cope with it, mostly. Today I found a nail hammered into one of the upper branches, presumably to hang a swing of some sort from. But the shot of the day is of some fungus growing on another upper branch, and a tiny spider weaving a web between all the splurges of fungus. The branch is quite high up so had…

Day 148~366

It was bug day at the tree today, with tiny tiny buglettes, not sure what they are and I don’t really want to know, have been itching ever since I saw them! Then I spotted a newly hatched caterpillar on the tree trunk and followed it as it motored along, he really moved fast! and this is my daily shot on the way home I saw a bee and a daisy just about to bloom came across a snail climbing up a fence and some seeding dandelions all along the path and the neighbours clematis is already losing petals and…

Day 147~366

It get’s a bit intense just focussing on the tree everyday, I’ve found that doing the 366 is so all-absorbing that I don’t take many photo’s of anything else, except iPhone shots of the cat being cute. It’s rained a mighty amount over the past 2 1/2 days and nights, but today it stopped in the afternoon so I went to the tree without the brolly, and found the world after the rain looked really pretty.  I sometimes rage against the weather for keeping me in and stopping me going out to play with my camera, and I miss going…

Day 146~366

I did these in B&W, because today has been grey, and windy and rainy, and it was  horrible going out to shoot the tree. Took my umbrella to protect my camera and lenses whilst I was changing them. Didn’t take the tripod as carrying camera bag, umbrella and that would have been too much, especially as the wind was trying to steal my brolly, so had to use a high ISO. I think you can make out the silvery water streams running down the bark. and finally I chose this next one as my shot of the day because I can…