Walkabouts and wonders

"A life not examined is a life not lived" – Socrates

Nature’s little Christmas offerings

Today, I got outside for the first time with a new camera – intent on enjoying the first really hard frost of an English winter. With all the moisture frozen out, the air was as clear of fog and haze as you ever get it – like the inside of a temple dome of sharp, clean blue.

Now normally, I might expect to continue in this vein – after years of close-in city living, the sense of the wide roundness of the earth and our smallness within it never ceases to get to me. But today, the camera took me to a different world of miniature magic. With apologies for some of the quality issues, here is a little of what I found –

Privet rebel

Privet rebel

Here was this small burst of growth in the middle of my neighbour’s carefully crafted hedge. It’s not that there isn’t something attractive in a well ordered garden, but surely this is what it is all about – the irrepressible and unstoppable urge for growth.





Meanwhile, just around the corner….








And, on a pathway nearby,

A starling's christmas dinner?

A starling’s christmas dinner?









What more can I say, except “Thank you”?

4 responses to “Nature’s little Christmas offerings

  1. vectoriana 22/12/2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ooh! Which camera did you get? Can I see it? Can I have a go? 🙂

    • jrharries 22/12/2012 at 5:18 pm

      It’s a Nikon D3100 with the standard 18-55 and a Tamron 70-300 zoom for extra length :-). Very much the starter DSLR, but of course you can see it and have a go.

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  3. Alex Stowell 12/12/2012 at 4:00 pm

    How is the preparations for the next Amber Ramble coming along

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