One Day in March

March is a capricious month. The well known saying that March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’, says it all. You never quite know what you are going to get this month. But March 2013 will take some beating. We’ve had quite enough of the ‘Lion’ this March, no sign of the ‘Lamb’ yet, and the forecast for this week is for more winter weather.

Yesterday we got 5cms of new wet snow – it snowed for 4 hours of Sunday morning. The forecast was for rain and clear periods. Wrong!

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We had just one reasonable day this past week, and got out and found some crocuses.

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In years gone by, and the archives confirm this, we’ve had sun, warmth and colourful gardens in March. March 2012 was especially warm; we joked that it was our Summer – we weren’t too far wrong, the season called Summer wasn’t up to much at all!

So, to remind us of better years, this is what my camera has pictured around March 18 plus/minus a few days in previous years.

In 2009, by March 18 our Forsythia was in full bloom. Absolutely no sign of flower today.

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In 2010, by March 18 Crocuses had been in bloom for several days.

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In 2011, banks of Daffodills added colour to the landscape: this year only those on the most southerly slopes have dared to flower and now they lie battered and broken.

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And in 2012, March was a glorious warm month. Tree blossom was well established by the middle of March. This year you have to hunt hard to find even Blackthorn in blossom.

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We live in hope that by Easter the scene will have changed – but I’m not holding my breath.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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15 Responses to One Day in March

  1. Len says:

    Beautiful flower images Andy. How right you are. We have seen temperatures into the 60s and 2feet of snow so far this month. Today the forecast is for a foot of snow. Can’t wait for April.

  2. Capricious indeed Andy – I’m looking out on to sunny fields and fluffy white clouds in a blue sky.

  3. I know what you mean Andy. This is the coldest March we’ve had in a long time. Your flower images are stunning.

  4. oneowner says:

    Spring flowers seem so hopeful you can’t help but photograph them. These are beautifully done. We have only one brave Daffodil that came up during a one day warm spell last week, but that’s it so far. It’s doesn’t look like we’ll see any more through the end of the week, more snow and cold on the way.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. I seems as if a large area of the Northern hemisphere is suffering from the same problem. More snow is forecast for the UK later this week.

  5. Snow!! 😉 But at least you have seen some flowers already. Very nice flower photos!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Bente. The heavy wet snow we had last weekend has completely flattened any flowers that had dared to assume that winter was over unfortunately.

  6. seekraz says:

    Beautiful images, Andy…inspiring hope, too…that the richness of real Spring will be upon us soon.

  7. We’ve had less snow than previous years up here, but it’s been cold, and damp, and cold, and damp, and cold. And damp. Everyone I talk to up here is really ready for some decent weather. Love these shots, Andy, it’s great to remember that other colors than just grey exist out there…

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment Scott. We all seem in the same boat in the Northern Hemisphere. The forecasters over here say we are stuck with winter well into April. Not good news. There are going to be a lot of sad faces around for a while to come. Colour and warmth will put the smile back on us all when Spring finally puts in an appearance.

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