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May photo hunt

Wow - what a beautiful May it has been - so much sunshine (and not a lot of rain) my poor vegetables have regularly needed a good drink!

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has posted :) remember June's Scavenger Hunt words are 'going wild' themed and have now been added to the side bar - have fun with them!

Any hoo, here goes - May's Scavenger Photo Hunt...

Not far from us is a small nature reserve with a mixture of trees. I love the mature bark of the Silver Birch. The deep fissures and cracks in the silvery bark reminds me of Runic writing. The Silver Birch is also known as the Lady of the Woods and is a 'pioneer species' as it is one of the trees to first colonise sparse areas. It is such a tactile bark. Love it!

A couple of years ago, during a particularly gorgeous early summer in June, we were on holiday and came across this little fisherman's cottage completely covered in fabric. We were stunned and just had to stop and investigate further. A number of other folk were doing the same. Standing around the corner and 'holding court' was the artist, who was dressed in the same fabric. She explained that it was an art installation to highlight the issue of both weavers and fishermen and their declining value in society with both woven cloth and fish being outsourced by a cheaper supplier. Although this installation was up in southern Scotland, the mill she'd commissioned to weave the cloth is not too far from us down here in Lancashire.

Last summer, the sky was filled with the most gargantuan storm clouds, they swirled and billowed and grew to astronomical proportions. I watched (with camera ready) to capture any electrical excitement ..... nothing. Pah.
The clouds then melted, almost like ice cream and drifted off - pathetic!! I had to put in two photos for this one, sorry - broke my own 'rules' but one picture didn't seem to give the sufficient effect of the vastness of tumultuous cloud activity.

We'd been walking in the Galloway Forest, the summer had been particularly moist (ok ok - it rained a lot!) and the trees were dripping wet but were draped in gorgeous curtains of moss, reindeer moss and swathed in lichen. Reindeer moss is also known as reindeer lichen, which is more correct as it is not a moss at all!

This silhouette of a man striding towards the setting sun on the longest day 2015, is my man.  We wild camped on the side of a hill that night, watched the sun set and the moon rise. Felt the downdraft of an owl's wing and watched the mist clear as the sun rose. My heart still aches at the beauty and the splendour of that night.

So many of this month's images are from the archives, this one is no different. In a small Scottish village was a secret garden where we sat and ate our lunch. We'd never have found it if the shopkeeper who we'd just purchased some bread from, hadn't given us directions. In the garden were a number of mosaics influenced by the area's industries and wildlife. I loved the irridescent glass used for the jumping salmon. And, when it rained (which it did a lot that holiday if I recall!) the glass shone out and sparkled beautifully.
Last summer we went feral on a sandy slip of an island - North Uist.  The evening sunsets were heartbreakingly beautiful especially when coupled with the frothy sea. Most evenings the tide had been out, however over the week the tide times changed and by our last evening there and with the assistance of a brisk onshore breeze, the waves were foamy and bubbly. The sound as the bubbles burst and frothed on the beach sounded raw and primeval and oh so delicious.I left a sizable chunk of my heart there.
My 'Margaret Dashwood' heartwarmer shawl - well, to be precise - slightly over half of the shawl. I love it. Youngest 'styled' this photo, providing the wooden stump for me to stand on, he then made me hold out my shawl as he draped it across the floor in front of me. A Lord Lichfield in the making?
On the Sunday afternoon after my folks had gone home from our birthday picnic in the garden. The sun was low enough to shine obliquely through leaves. I stood beneath them and watched the insects pootle about. There is something special at this time of year - the greens are so verdant, so vibrant, so full of promise and vigour. These are from my hanging basket strawberries and the small insect creating the silhouette is probably a 'Frit Fly' sunning itself in the last of the evening rays.

Chocolate cupcake 
Not exactly a cupcake - but oh so chocolatey! Not far from the village is a small but wonderful nature reserve. Used by dog walkers, children, hikers, families and us. Moss loves it, there are spaces to run, rivers to swim in, fields to play and paths to follow, woods to explore and for us - a rather good and simple cafe. They are dog friendly, positively encouraging walkers and allowing dogs into the cafe. 
And then, then there are cakes.... oh the cakes.
Eldest, Himself and I sat in the sun, Moss asleep on the grass beside us. We had large mugs of tea and Eldest had hot chocolate adorned with a huge froth of cream ....then there was cake.... oooh nom nom.
So, there you have it, 
my ten words for the month of May. 
I am off now to read your lovely posts :)


  1. Wonderful photos! I am especially taken with the fishing/art installation. Amazing.

  2. What a lovely selection you have made this month. I love the wave and those billowing clouds and your beautiful shawl displayed with help from the future aloud Lichfield. I had forgotten your picture of the amazing cloth covered cottage, made me smile all over again. But I think my favourite is the beautiful leaping salmon made in stained glass. He is breathtakingly beautiful.

    PS I can vouch for those cakes mmm. 😊 Xx

    1. PS. Predictive text at it again plus poor proof reading!! Loud Lord Lichfield indeed!! xx

  3. Lovely photos. I can see what you mean about the Runic writing in the bark. Love the fisherman's cottage, it made me smile!

    Julie xxxxxxx

  4. So happy to have found your challenge and have enjoyed taking part and finding photos.
    Your collection is lovely. I especially like the glass and the cottage swaddled in fabric.

  5. Great photos & I was wondering which ones you'd go with. I think my favourite one is the billowing cloud, although the fabric covered cottage is amazing. Your Mum & I had a similar take on 'bush' which quite floored me, though, I suppose it must be a southern hemisphere thing. Would I have to stand on two lumps of wood to show off that shawl (giggle). It's beautiful! Thanks again for our words & I've noticed June's, so must put the thinking cap on again. Take care.

  6. Great to read about your chosen words; interesting interpretations too. If I had to choose one, it would be the glass fish, closely followed by wave! I too can recommend that cafe!

  7. gorgeous photos again, I have put a blog post up with my ten photos but not sure what a url is . Perhaps you could explain how I link to you in words of one syllable lol.

  8. Your photos are superb Kate and you've made me want to know more of the names of the bits of nature I look at all the time without naming.
    Very clever noticing the Runic writing in the Bark and the cloth covered house - what an inspirational idea. I hope they got a result. Your sunsets are wonderful too - and the stained glass in the secret garden - so bright and happy looking.

  9. Lovely selection of snaps. Your sea pic appealed to me, such amazing cloud formation you captured. Mother nature can be so stunning.
    Loving your new shawl, I have a handbag that colour!

  10. Aah just discovered your blog and seen your scavenger hunt. Hope to join in this month. Lovely interpretations. X

  11. Absolutely gorgeous, impossible to select just one favourite - there are too many! Your skill with a camera is just as good as your skills with a paint brush :)


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