Winter Jasmine - January 2018
What an awful miserable cold grey day it was for my photo shoot this week. It was almost too dark to take photographs without a flash, so I ramped up the ISO, wrapped up warm, and headed off into the garden to see what I could find.
My first port of call was at this Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) bush, which was covered in these little white blooms, and had a wonderful fragrance.
Erigeron - January 2018
My next stop was at the Erigeron 'Stallone' (Erigeron karvinskianus), which still had a few flowers that had survived the frosty weather conditions.
Periwinkle - January 2018
The Periwinkle (Vinca) was still going strong, with more and more flowers opening up on a daily basis.
Crocus - January 2018
There were also plenty of Crocuses pushing up through the lawn, but with the lack of sunlight, they were reluctant to open up.
Forest Flame Buds - January 2018
There were a mass of these tiny flower buds covering the Forest Flame (Pieris) bush, that would soon be opening up into tiny white flowers.
Berry Formation - January 2018
The Common Ivy (Hedera helix) berries were coming along nicely, and would soon be turning black as they ripened.
Mahonia Leaves - January 2018
I couldn't resist taking a picture of the Mahonia (Mahonia japonica) bush leaves, as they have something about them that I think is quite photogenic.
Catkins - January 2018
It wouldn't be long before the catkins of the Twisted Hazel Tree (Corylus avellana Contorta) would be opening and releasing their seeds.
Cotoneaster Berries - January 2018
One of the Cotoneaster bushes had berries remaining. This particular one is next to a public footpath which is probably why the birds have been reluctant to feast upon them.
Geese - January 2018
Pointing my camera towards the grey skies yielded an unexpected view of these, presumably, migrating Geese. I thought it was a little late for them to be heading off, but maybe I'm wrong?
Ruffled - January 2018
I'm always accompanied on my photo shoot by a flock of Feral Pigeons (Columba livia). This one was watching me from the roof of the house...
Feral Flight - January 2018
...while this one was keeping an eye on me as it flew overhead.
Blackbird - January 2018
This Blackbird (Turdus merula) was also keeping me under observation, waiting for an opportune moment to swoop into the garden for some breadcrumbs.
Starling - January 2018
There were also a group of Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) trying to get in on the breadcrumbs, but most of them were keeping their distance in the treetops.
Black Headed Gull - January 2018
At this time of year there are also quite a few Black Headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) around, but they haven't developed their black head feathers yet.
Blue is the Colour - June 2017
Finally, I haven't had time for any fishy photography this week, so here's one of Eric, my Electric Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) from last year. He's grown quite a bit since this shot, which was taken a couple of months after I purchased him.
So, this week I chose Winter Jasmine as my Image of the Week, simply for brightening up an otherwise grim day...