Sand, water, salt and sky
Blue oceanic laughter
The ice cream van
Clusters of rocks
The solitary garden at the foot of the cliff
Church bells ring
Chimes from far away
Fanfares, near whispers
A choir of angels
Sounds carrying over the water
As the sun sets
Painting the sky magenta
© Lawrence Estrey 2021
The apple pond sits at the bottom of a field
circled by hedges and trees
its water gloomy and muddy and still
sprinkled with leaves and twigs
The apples mature
only to tumble into the pond one at a time
where they rest on the water rotting and fermenting
decade after decade
Spring has come early this year
helping the apples blossom
filling the air with the scent of sun and grass
painting the pond different shades, different hues
© Lawrence Estrey 2021
Hi, I’ve been exceptionally busy recently and haven’t had much time to post.
Today, I thought I’d make a few comments about the weather (a safe British topic of conversation).
Like most people, I dread autumn and winter. Cold starts and dreary skies.
My favourite season is spring, especially as the evenings get progressively lighter.
This week I’ve noticed a huge difference in the weather. More light. Longer days. Earlier dawns.
It makes a difference.
Certainly, we should anticipate more cold spells over the next month or so, but spring is on the way.
Just a few of my thoughts.
St Mary at Finchley, north London
February, and a touch of spring in the air.
The sun shines but the evenings are chilly. I wear sunglasses most days to protect from the light.
I’m not working on a novel at the moment. I haven’t decided what to do next in terms of writing fiction, but I continue to post poetry on my sister blog.
Today, I spent a while playing the piano and I rattled of Beethoven’s Pathetique and Moonlight Sonatas, along with works by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms.
Meanwhile, I’ve succumbed to a nasty cold and my glands are up, hopefully not for long.
That’s about it for now.
At last, the first sprinkling of snow has come to London and this morning I had to take special care as I walked down the driveway to the main road. Meanwhile, the weather is generally bleak and cheerless. Winter. I keep busy with my preparation for the third novel, piano practice and language studies, and brave the weather for exercise when I can.
Hurry up, Spring!
After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid. I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog. For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast. Heady stuff.
The warm, almost muggy temperatures remain but the weather itself has changed and the rain and grey skies have returned after a couple of weeks of sunshine.
Below are some photos I took at the weekend. (Highgate Wood, North London)
The warm weather continues with plenty of sunshine and daylight. Again, I took some photos on my way to work yesterday and edited them in GIMP later on in the evening. As usual, I selected one of the images to go into my black and white photography album, as I have a keen interest in black and white photography.
(Near Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, North London):
After months of cold and grey skies, the weather has taken a dramatic turn for the better with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine.
Below are some image shots I took on the way to work ( location, Totteridge Village, North London):
Like always, I couldn’t resist attempts at building up my black and white photography collection, and I edited several of the originals in GIMP, working in greyscale, then going on to use Levels and Contrast/Brightness.