The persistent rains of recent weeks, augmented now by flood water, have transformed normally dry roadside ditches into small streams, encouraging vigorous new shoots even in January.
The hedgerow behind the ditch contains the dead (but, in its own way, attractive) growth of the rosebay willowherb and similar plants.
In the field beyond the hedge, land that was previously marshy has become a small lake.
As if by magic, the thick carpet of snow and ice completely disappeared overnight. A significant rise in temperature and continuous rain removed all evidence of the wintry scene. Bright skies and sunshine replaced the heavy grey clouds of past days. At the edge of the neighbouring sheep field a series of small puddles formed, each creating its own ‘world’ and reflecting the blue skies above.
As in an earlier post, I have used a touch of watercolour filter.
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The day had been wet, dull and generally miserable. Not a day for venturing out with a camera. But when I looked through the bedroom window my attention was drawn to the patterns caused by rain falling into the puddles on the flat roof of the garage below. There is always a picture worth taking somewhere!
I had promised myself a quiet walk along the bridle way, taking photographs as I strolled through the countryside. But before I could get out and about the weather changed. In place of the early sunshine it became wet and windy – quite unpleasant generally. So I was left sitting indoors, a grumpy, frustrated photographer. But all was not lost. I could take outdoor shots without subjecting myself to the dreadful conditions out there.
By pointing my camera at the tree tops outside the window and then adjusting the focus to give emphasis to the raindrops on the window pane I produced a series of marble-like abstract images.
Then, through the side window, I used the same technique on the trees further away, at the bottom of the garden. The result was obviously different, but I quite liked it.
Finally I adjusted the focus to concentrate totally on my ‘faraway tree’. Unfortunately it was not possible to avoid entirely the presence of the raindrops, but a little assistance from the saturation filter helped to create a pleasant ‘painterly’ result. And I was still dry and warm!