Saturday 11 July 2015


It is May, and, once again, Milton Country Park turns white.  This time with hawthorn blossom.

By Hall's Pond 20 May 2015

In the centre of the country park, between Hall's Pond and Todd's Pit, the lower branches of this hawthorn bush are almost silhouetted against the sun drenched blossom behind.

By Hall's Pond 20 May 2015
Just a few yards from the previous image, is a typical country park scene in hawthorn blossom time.  The path is overhung with branches weighed down by the blossom.

Although these two pictures were taken just a few yards apart,  similar scenes could have been found almost anywhere in the park.

Todd's Pit 15 May 2015
For instance, this close up of the blossom was taken of a bush growing through the fence that lines the western side of Todd's Pit.

The Weather Changes Everything

By Hall's Pond 19 May 2015
As impressive as the previous images are, the blossom had been even more dazzling just a couple of days before.  This scene was shot in the same central area, but this time nearer Dickerson's Pit.  Heavy rain showers the previous day had damaged the flowers, whose petals now covered the ground in this clearing like confetti.

Cow Parsley Too

By Fen Road Entrance 19 May 2015

Hawthorn blossom is not the only blossom turning the park white. A field besides the path leading to Fen Road is a sea of cow parsley, which out shines the hawthorn in the background.

In The Woods

North End of Park 20 May 2015

Neither is the cow parsley confined to the open spaces.  There is plenty growing beneath the trees in the woody area at the north end of the park.

Additional Posts

Up until now I have updated this blog twice a month.  From now on, I intend to publish occasional extra posts.  These extra posts will be notes on issues I have come up against in making this blog.  Initially, I plan to write a series of posts on the difficulties of photographing in a familiar environment and the need for 'using new eyes'.

So the next  post, on 18 July 2015, will be the first of the above mentioned series on using new eyes.  Then, on 25 July 2015, I will publish a post continuing the story of the park through the year.  This latter post will look at trees in the park in summer. 


 In my previous post, I identified the flower in this picture as borage.  It is, in fact, green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens).


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