Photo of white snowball hydrangea

Soft white

In these unplanned shots (as I was setting up my deck chair for breakfast) I wanted to capture the dappled, almost ethereal light on some newly emerging snowball hydrangeas before the heat of the day lit them up with all the stark sunlight of a hot July. Patterns of shade and dancing sunlight brought out the magic of the delicate green-white heads like vintage lace against the deep contrast of a shady corner beneath my tree.

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Amsterdam

Join me on a walk around the streets of Amsterdam…so much to see. One of the things I love the most about this favourite place, apart from the abundant details, is all the water and glass and the “stories” that are told “through” those two things. I never seem to tire of walking around Amsterdam’s canals, whatever the season though, as you can see, these photos were taken at the height of beautiful springtime.

The walled garden

“The Walled Garden”, as I tend to think of it (it has another name), is a privatey owned garden in my nearby village which I first visited about twelve or so years ago when it was open as part of a local garden scheme. A change of owners meant I didn’t get to visit for quite a few years, though (being a lover of walled gardens) it had left an impression on me and I often imagined what lay on the other side as I drove past the red brick exterior on my way home. There is such of feeling of gaining access to “the secret garden” to be allowed beyond such a wall…

When I noticed that it was being opened in aid of the Air Ambulance charity just a few weeks ago, I was able to step beyond the wall once again and took these photos on a bright yet not too sunny afternoon (perfect for balanced shots). This collection is the result; an English garden caught at the height of summer in all its colour and texture along with just a touch of the ethereal magic that I associate with such a place.