And Finally…

Finally we have blossom. A full month late compared to previous years. I spotted the first five individual flowers on one of our Golden Plum trees two days ago, 23 April.

_DS75268_WPBy yesterday the number had quadrupled. Other trees are not far behind. But just as we are beginning to hope the cold times are over, the forecasters promise that a blast of cold air with overnight frosts will sweep across the country from the North this weekend.


You have to feel sorry for the blossom. Having waited all this time before it dares to flower, it now faces damage from frost.


The weather can be cruel.

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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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18 Responses to And Finally…

  1. Jan Winther says:

    Good to hear that spring has arrived. Its not here yet. We had 23°C in the first week of April last year, this year, the temperature hovered around 0°C. It would be nice to be able to hang up the big coat for the season very soon.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment Jan. There’s a phrase over here: “Don’t cast a clout ’til May is out”, A clout meaning a layer of clothing. There is however some argument about the ‘May is out’ part. Some think it means not until the month of May is ended. Others think ‘May’ refers to the alternative name for a well known flowering bush called Hawthorn that flowers in the month of May. Either way it historically means don’t trust the weather just yet. Cold weather will be back this weekend. Brrrrr!

  2. We’re still waiting for our first blooms. It’s taking a lot longer this year. They’re forecasting double digit temperatures this weekend so we keep our fingers crossed. Lovely images Andy.

  3. oneowner says:

    We, too, are just seeing the first blossoms on trees and we also have the frost danger. A little south of us the apple and cherry blossoms have come and gone.

  4. Rick says:

    Beautiful! Nice to see Spring has arrived. We are still waiting on blossoms. Hopefully soon.

  5. You are so lucky, they are beautiful. Our spring is one month late: there is nothing yet, only the ramains from last summer… Would have been bad pictures! 😉

  6. Great images Andy. Bring on the spring!

  7. rigmover says:

    Great shots Andy, we have the same down here now.

  8. Phillip says:

    Beautiful picture Andy. I know that it is probably cruel to mention this, but around here our trees lost their flowers a couples weeks ago. It has been fairly nice, except for last night when a cold front moved in and dropped the temperatures into the mid forties. However, it suppose to be back up into the low eighties next week. Y’all stay warm now, you here. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Phillip. Wild swings in temperature seem to be increasingly common these days. Ours are going to halve this weekend just as blossom is establishing itself.

  9. So glad that signs of Spring have arrived for you. These are really nice shots, Andy.

    Don’t worry about the late arrival, you’ll still be shooting blossoms when our have played out. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Jimi. There is evidence of a real contraction of Spring happening with plants and trees that normally follow each other in an orderly sequence all breasting the tape simultaneously. And everything is about to get a shock with the return of cold weather.

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