So here we are, half way through the year. I must admit to being quite pleased with myself for sticking with my daily tree photo project, but the truth is that I’m enjoying doing it very much indeed.
When I started, it was the changes in the weather and the light that held my interest while the tree didn’t seem to be doing very much, but since then, I’ve become far more aware of all the other developments happening as the year progresses along our route. So this year I’ve watched all the wild flowers as they bloom, I’ve seen the hawthorn blossom turn the lane white, I’ve heard the first cuckoo of spring, I’ve been soaked to the knees wading through a sea of grass in the field after rain, and I’ve held onto the dog’s lead as the new tiny rabbits made their initial forays into the lane.
It will be midsummer in two days time and I think I can already feel another change in the air. There is so much growth, bracken and nettles tower over me in the hedges, I have to force my way into the place where I stand to take the tree photos, but all that energy can’t be sustained, it will soon be time for nature to rest.
I’m excited to see how the next six months unfold.
8 thoughts on “Tree Time: June…”
And Happy Midsummer to you too. It’s wonderful isn’t it, to be so alert to the passing seasons.
It is indeed. I think when I was growing up and spending a lot of time walking, I was tuned-in, but then lost that connection while I was working in Corporateland, so much happier again now!
Wonderful, Annie! It’s as if the project has taken on a deeper meaning that just recording the tree every day. I’m intrigued by the reddish light in one of the pics, close to the trunk of the tree on the right, which is a brownish patch in others. Is this just camera flare, or the light reflecting off a nest box or something?
Hi Jo, yes it’s just the light on the huge nesting box that’s on the trunk. The levels of light each morning vary much more than I’d thought they would and sometimes I have a play with the camera to see if I can get a better picture. I’d really love to be able to get close-ups, but it’s beyond the capability of the little phone camera. I keep standing and watching, but I’ve never seen anything near the box. I’m assuming it must be to attract an owl, but perhaps not.
This is such a worthwhile and enjoyable project, Anny. Super images.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, I had no idea how much it would draw me in when I started, but it’s become a very important part of my day now. I just wish I had a pet naturalist to come along with me from time to time, there’s so much I want to ask about.
This really is an excellent project. I am really enjoying following it on instagram.
On a rather self centred note, I did think a couple of years ago about a similar project where I photographed mySELF every day before stepping out of the house – different clothes, hair, etc., But now I am not sure if I would want to chronicle what happens to my face over the course of a year! x
I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, I certainly am which has surprised me, I thought I’d get bored, but in fact there’s so much changing as the months roll by that I’m fascinated.
Do try your own project! You never know where it might lead you.