I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

“I must go down to the seas again” – John Masefield

The British weather is so unpredictable.  Who would have thought that today was going to be so beautiful.   The Weather Channel said that the high today was 50° F, (10°C), although it certainly felt much warmer than that.   I live within 10 minutes walk of the beach and sometimes weeks go by without me going down there, so in the words of John Masefield this morning I thought “I must go down to the seas again”.

Just the morning for a walk along the sea edge, with my camera.   Come and join me, the sun was warm, there was no breeze. it was so still, the sky was a magnificent blue, and the sea was calm with the sun shimmering, almost blindingly, on it.

Everyone had the same idea this morning.   The World and his wife were out with their dogs, on their bikes or just walking, like me, along the coastal path.  There are two ways to walk along Worthing seafront, right to left along the promenade towards the pier and the town or left to right which is a rough path and you can walk miles this way along the headland.  This is the way we are going.

The path has its good share of strategically placed benches, so if you want to you can take a seat and contemplate life.

It probably will not have gone unnoticed that Worthing beach is shingle.   I saw an old photo of Worthing in Victorian times and the beach was sand then.  Over the years, with sea protection in mind, shingle has been continually added and now creates a very steep drop down to the sea edge.  The tide goes out a very long way, and if you are lucky you can still find small patches of sand.

The other thing that doesn’t go unnoticed when you are walking along the coastline is that we suffer from an abundance of seaweed.  There are times when the smell is overwhelming.  Apart from its smell, I like seaweed, it is so varied in shape and colour.

If you don’t mind making your way over the seaweed, which is sometimes inches deep, we can go down to the water’s edge.  As I said earlier the sea was quite calm today, rolling in gently and soapy, it was as though someone had filled it with washing up liquid.

A little further along the path, beyond the houses, as you look out to your right, you can see the Downs.  I love this part of the walk, the view is great on both sides.

At this point, I turned around and made my way back.  We could go on further along the headland but I will leave that for another day.   A walk such as this on a warm November day makes me remember how very lucky I am to live by the sea.   Below are  a few more of the sea photos I took this morning.  They speak louder than words.

I hope you enjoyed that walk with me.  The weather stayed good all day, which meant I was able to take my Mum out this afternoon.  As she is in a wheelchair we went the other way along the flat promenade towards the town, where we found an ice cream van.  We had a lovely mother and daughter afternoon to be treasured.

All in all, today was a wonderful day!

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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – November 2012

In case you didn’t know, it is 15 November and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day has come around again.  We are fast heading towards the end of the year and if the last few months are anything to go by, the next few will shoot by, then we will be experiencing lighter morning, lighter evenings and longer days – what bliss!  Don’t get me wrong, I am not wishing my life away, I just miss the time at the end of the day after work t0 be in the garden.

I have always tried to take photos on or  very close to the 15th of each month for my GBBD post and commented to someone today that maybe I should give the post a twist this time by taking photos by flashlight.  I was gently reminded by Liz at Gwirrel’s Garden that the blog police won’t come along if I use old photos.  With that in mind, I have gathered some photos of my garden blooms finale taken last weekend.   There is very little left in the bloom category, the asters have gone brown and bedraggled and are not worth taking photos of.  The Sedum, however,  is just still about standing and is a glorious dark magenta.

The Japanese Anemones are over now but are bearing some incredible fluffy seed heads, whilst not garden blooms anymore, these seed head will ensure there will be more next year.

Whilst most of the flowers are over and have turned to seed in an effort to show two fingers to Winter, the Erysimum is beginning to flower and this one is a fabulous russet and purple colour when in fully bloom.

I have a number of Hydrangea around both the front and back garden, and they are now looking very rustic.   Even when dry and brown the Hydrangea can be used for flower arrangements so very  nearly all year round this is a most versatile bloom.

Finally, I make no apologies for including another photo of the Compassion Rose.  I used one for Wordless Wednesday this week.   This most beautiful of perfumed roses will continue to produce buds until the first hard winter frost – so tender looking yet so tough.

Please take a look at all the other Garden Bloggers who have joined in  Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, please visit Carol at: May Dreams Gardens.

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Ruby Tuesday: Reflecting

One of the things I find exciting about reading other blogs is discovering new memes both gardening and photographic.  It was when I visited Lea’s blog at Lea’s Menagerie that I came across  Ruby Tuesday 2 .   This blog, after a bit of peeling away the layers, is one of many written by seasoned blogger Gemma Wiseman in Australia.

From what I can gather Ruby Tuesday 2 provides you with a prompt and anything goes as long as it is red.  If I am wrong, no doubt someone will correct me.

The prompt today is Reflecting.   It is on this basis that I took at look at the autumnal photos from the weekend.   It had been raining and there was a lot of reflecting of light on the beautiful russets leaves.   I hope this photo does Ruby Tuesday 2 justice and is in keeping with the prompt.

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Autumn Colour Has Reached My Garden: Spirea Japonica

Everything is beginning to turn in the garden now, and I don’t have to travel far from my back door to see magnificent autumnal shades.

My flower borders have a variety of shrubs in them, among which are a selection of Spirea Japonica.   My favourite one has the most beautiful leaves in the Spring from rose shades through to bronze.  It is almost a back to front shrub with the wonderful colours usually associated with Autumn.

Spirea Japonica is easy to grow in most moist soils, it tolerates any position and almost any condition.     It ultimately grows to about a 1 metre in height and width in 5- 10 years.  I regularly cut out the dead stems and shape it early in the Summer.

Now it is Autumn, the leaves are turning yellow, red, dark brown and in some cases look as though they have been charred.  The flower stems have turned black and look striking against the yellowing leaves.

The one that is really standing out at the moment is Sprirea Japonica Magic Carpet ‘Walumba’, so I thought I would share it with you today.

The photos below were taken using a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera with a +2 close-up lens on a tripod.

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Flower Friday: Playing with Close Up Filters

Today is the day for Flower Friday blog posts, the sun is shining and I have the day off work.  I am always inspired by the fabulous photography on Gwirrel’s Garden website and today her post playing with light, with very clever photographs of dew laden grass and magenta sedum, is no exception.   Regularly visiting blogs written by photographers is an excellent way of obtaining creative ideas.

I  have a long way to go to match some of the photographs published on blogs and am still very much in the learning stage even though I have had my Nikon D3100 for over a year.  I have been on courses and bought books on photography, but for me the best way to learn is trial and error.  The great thing about digital cameras is that you can just delete poor pics, gone is the expense of  film with photos turning out to be rubbish.    The one thing I have gathered is that the ability to see what could be a great shot means you are halfway there.

A good macro lens is almost the same price of a camera and something that I aspire to eventually, when funds allow.   In the meantime, I have a set of close up lenses from +1 to +10 and these screw together to make up a variety of magnifications.  It is fun chopping and changing the lenses to get different views of the same thing.

The following “trial and error” photographs were taken using a combination of two close up lenses: +2 alone, +10 alone and the two together making +10. +12 (maths was never my strong point).   The sharpness is not quite there, because every time I focused in, the wind blew – such is the problem with photography!  Also I think I should have used a tripod.  However, soft focus is also acceptable, and that is certainly what these are.

These tiny flowers are part of the Fatsia Japonica that I have growing outside at the back of the house.

Happy Flower Friday everyone!

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Autumn Muses

I have played around with the photo above, and used Orton to enhance the Autumnal colour. 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

John Keats – Ode to Autumn

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Emily Bronte:   Fall, leaves, fall

Do you have a favourite Autumn poem or quote?  Why not share it with us.   If you would like to join in please leave your link in the comments box.

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