The 1st of March is the beginning of meteorological spring here in the UK. Where I live, in the Forest of Dean, we see snow only rarely, and even less frequently in March. In fact, this winter we’ve had no more than a few flurries. The shot above is from the middle of March 2018, when the white stuff arrived as a surprise. With climate change, our weather, as in most places, has become much less predictable, so who knows what this year’s March will bring?
As I’m generally busy writing/photographing, and more recently, drawing, and my memory’s gradually reducing as the years increase, I’ve found it best to produce these daily posts in advance. The WordPress website allows owners to schedule posts, so I produce these in batches, scheduled for the day they’re due, which means if they reflect the actual conditions I face each day, it’s purely by coincidence!
As I produce these daily posts to encourage viewers to appreciate the beauty surrounding us, I tend to post mostly seasonal pictures, but I intersperse these with odd unseasonal photographs to remind us all of the coming warmth and brightness, or, sometimes, merely because a particular image has caught my attention for some reason or another.
I’ve a personal library of around 27,000 digital images made during the time I’ve had a digital camera and the software to process and edit them. (I also have around 10,000 black and white negatives taken in earlier years with film cameras. But I no longer run a darkroom, so these are now simply stored. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll find the equipment and time to digitise them?)
Most of my creative time is taken up with writing. And I’m currently collecting information, creating characters, and looking at locations in which to set the next novel. Currently, it’s without a title but the idea is more-or-less fully formed. My photography these days is largely a means of self-expression for pleasure, and I’ve recently started sketching, so some of those efforts may find their way here, too.
Keep an eye out for those. I’d love to learn your opinions, as I always welcome such views on my photography and writing. Enjoy!
A few of my pictures appear in the Gallery.
And you’ll find many more here for use in book covers, calendars, greetings cards, jigsaws, advertising, or anything else you fancy in print or online, or as art quality prints to decorate your home or office.