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All Hail, April

new lveaves

Easter Day. My mother’s birthday. April Fool’s Day. Snow overnight, and then trying to walk one of my usual paths, the river must have overflowed its banks and “the plantation” was so deep in mud I had to start back, and then follow another path, slipping and sliding back up to the town. First of all there was tiny hail, then larger hail, and  then the pavements were covered in hail, which crunched underfoot like spilt sea salt. I am lost at the moment, as I am waiting for work to come back from the printers, and although I have another interesting project, I am not far enough into it to really let it fill my mind.  I miss “The Midnight Hare” which I worked on for so long. I have decided that I need to learn things, and to read more; however, it is so long since I posted that I am putting up some images from Aprils past, to say, this is what April should look like, not hail and snow. I thank you. And Happy Easter.

April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leet Water 2

Leet Water 2

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Frost 1


December 3, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mist: Webbed Plant 2


November 14, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mist: Webbed Plant 1


November 14, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borders Sky IV


Walking through a wood on the edge of the Hirsel, I see these bare stalks of umbelliferae silhouetted against the gold and blue sky.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Plant and Sunset

plant and sunset

The day gets dark so fast now, I set off on a sunny November afternoon, but by the time I get to the edge of the field beside the Tweed it is almost dark.  The sun disappears, then suddenly reappears glistening liquid peach and red on the horizon.  The umbelliferae are well over this year, only the stalks remain, turned spectral, or skeletal, by the camera flash.

November 10, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Mauve Field


Walking down the main Edinburgh road, towards the lane that cuts off down to the Tweed, I see this mauve field, which I suspect is a crop of Phacelia, planted to attract bees, and to provide “green manure”. What a plant!  I have never seen a completely mauve field before, as far as I can remember. Until a few years ago, didn’t see the bright yellow of rape fields, either. Plant a rape field next to a field of “bee’s friend” and you would have some colour scheme.


The field is across the other side of the Tweed, which would be hard to get to from here, as it is a long walk on the English side, right round the Cornhill bend and further; and besides, last time I went down there I had to climb over the fence, as it has been barred off (don’t think that would happen on the Scottish side, as there is apparently no law of trespass in Scotland).


Because of all the sun, the Tweed is very low, and birds are standing in the middle of the river. They fly off as I approach.


The comfrey, that I thought was called Indian Balsam, is fading beside the river, and the Himalayan Balsam, that I thought was called Comfrey, is growing in profusion:



 In my walk I have been bitten ferociously by insects, which is in one way a good sign, as the planting of Phacelia has obviously started to bring back insect life. I try to resurrect the calomine lotion from a few years ago but it has solidified, even when stirred with the back of a toothbrush.

A couple of days later I take the same walk, and look across for the mauve field, but the colour has completely vanished.  The plant will  now be on its journey to becoming “green manure”. Taking photographs has made me feel keenly the transience of the colours of the world. I wonder what fields will be mauve next year.

July 20, 2013 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments


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