Wednesday, 8 May 2013

This Season She is Wearing Chartreuse

She decided that the pureness of snowdrop white would be rather fetching last season, and
burnt orange with a touch of amber and gold proved to be the perfect choice for her Autumn season.
But today her choice of gown is chartreuse  
A Cotswold hamlet glimpsed through the trees
I love this Beech Wood in all her different guises - we live side by side, breathing the same air, and sharing a Cotswold escarpment together. 

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  1. Gorgeous! What a great choice of colours she has! You're so lucky to be her nextdoor neighbour and to be able to enjoy her company.
    Marian

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    1. Dear Marian - she is extremely elegant all year round.

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  2. Your beech wood looks delightful Rosemary. Looking at your beautiful images makes me want to drop everything and walk in her dappled shade.
    What kind of camera do you use Rosemary to get such stunning results?

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    1. She is a temptress that beckons you in Paul - I have no special camera - Just a point and shoot Sony. It is hopeless on zoom so cannot capture birds very well, and the macro is very basic, but I get by.

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  3. Just beautiful. The colours are sensational. A walk in the woods in Springtime is my favourite pastime - the air feels so good for you.

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    1. After this long winter, spring is proving to be magical.

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  4. That Cotswold Hamlet looks to be the perfect village - the church looks huge for the size of the village. Just love that spring green as well. Wet and cool here today.

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    1. The church has a typical Cotswolds very tall steeple that reflects the wealth spent on them by the very prosperous medieval wool merchants - these churches were built on the backs of sheep.

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  5. Rosemary, what a beautiful and enchanting countryside to take a stroll. I wonder if there any singing birds as you walked by? Lovely sights.

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    1. Yes there were, and I was accompanied all the way through by a happily chirping robin.

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  6. Oh my goodness, your photos are lovely. I found your blog via Red Cardinal and I really enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comment and for becoming a follower - I shall pop over shortly to visit you.

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  7. Cotswolds is a dreamy place and since now I have never been there as long as I would like to.These trees don't exist in our region but I love them a lot because of their foliage and their stature.In spring it must be delighful to walk or to ride among this wood.You are lucky to stay in such beautiful place, I'm sure you enjoy it!

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    1. The Cotswolds is considered quintessential England - and this particular wood is lovely mainly due to the fact that it contains just the one type of tree. As you mention their stature is a big attraction - so straight and tall and their bark is a lovely soft grey.

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  8. Wow, how amazing to see such dramatic changes, The Beech Wood look wonderful. There's something to be said for having four distinct seasons, unlike our warmish part of the world.

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    1. These photos really show the dramatic changes that occur in such a short period of time.

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  9. I like these photos, a lot. Yesterday, we went to some woods to take photos in my Photography Class - I don't think they're as good as yours!
    June

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    1. That is very generous of you to say June, but knowing your photography skills I am sure your shots are excellent.

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  10. Sensational! Rosemary! I think that you are ready to take your fabulous shots and publish them in a "Coffee Table" book. ox, Gina

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    1. Gina - I am blushing with embarrassment, but do appreciate your kind comment - thank you for making my day.

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  11. Your top picture is the soul of elegance - those shapes, the colours, everything. The wood looks utterly fabulous and very inviting. Does it have bluebells? Beeches have such a lot going for them. Lucky you to have the wood on your doorstep!

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    1. Dear Jenny - there are no bluebells in this wood only wild garlic. You have reminded me that I must visit our local bluebell woods as I have not visited yet.
      I was surprised at how much soft down was on the beech leaves when you looked closely.

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  12. The lovely woodland path could not be more fetching Rosemary. I don't know if I would ever leave your area.

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    1. Dear Olive - I think that the area is interesting because although we have lived here for almost 20 years we are still discovering little hamlets and lanes right on our doorstep that we did not know about. The terrain and landscape is so complicated with deep valleys and ridges.

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    2. Wonderful pictures Rosemary,as always!!So beutiful colours!!The beech wood looks amazing!You are so lucky living next to this!Thank you for sharing moments of your walk in the woods!Have a lovely day!
      Dimi..

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    3. Dear Dimi - the trees are so tall, slender and elegant - each season they put on a beautiful display.

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  13. Thank you for this wonderful walk in the woods!
    Loved the view of the hamlet.
    Cheers,
    Merisi

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    1. The dappled sunlight in the woods is beautiful at the moment and I was happy to have you join me.

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  14. You live near by the heaven !!! This forrest is so gorgeous at every season !!
    I said to you that I would like to dance at autumn up on the leaves !!! Now at spring I would like to walk and see arround everything that grow up !!!
    Lovely place Rosemary to have near you !

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    1. Dear Olympia - I think that these trees are a little bit of natures magic, they grow on steep sided slopes and yet grow straight and tall towards the sky.

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  15. Spring greetings dear Rosemary!
    I've decided to take a break from work and treat my eyes to a bit of glorious chartreuse...thank you! Here, everything has exploded into a similarly glorious shade-- what a wonderful feeling after the long long winter...
    Thank you Rosemary!
    Warm regards,
    Erika

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    1. Dear Erika - each spring renewal always seems to feel better - some of it, I suspect, is because we grow older, but I am sure that the long long winter has played its part this spring.
      Lets us all enjoy it and make the most of it whilst it is with us.
      Enjoy your break from work.

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  16. Hello Rosemary

    You have prompted me to take a walk in the woods. Chartreuse is definitely the colour for now. I would love to take a walk through the Cotswolds and that path is most inviting.

    Helen xx

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    1. When the sun is high and bright in the sky, as it was when I took these photos, it is lovely to wander through the dappled undergrowth of the forest, listening to the birds, and enjoying the wild flowers.

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  17. Great shots of really beautiful English woodlands and all reminds me of my childhood in the Devon countryside which is so similar.
    Beeches are really fabulous trees, producing wonderful wood, but I recall collecting the beech nuts and eating them when we were playing in the woods. Wow 'playing in the woods', that was so safe in those days, but I doubt there are many parents who allow their little one off into the woods to play nowadays, so sad!

    Our children and grandchildren still need the countryside to be part of their childhood - so few seem to know the names of Nature's beautiful creations anymore. A few weeks ago my 16 y.o. granddaughter was the only one in her high school science class who could identify specific garden birds by name...........because I taught her when she was small.

    Thanks for all this beauty - amazed that you use a point and shoot for these shots Rosemary!
    Happy day - Mary

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    1. Dear Mary - it is lovely that this post has brought back memories of your Devon childhood. I was the only person wandering through this forest last Monday, it was very peaceful with the dappled sunlight and the birds singing.
      I like my little camera regardless of its limitations - it is so very tiny that I can always keep it with me. It is surprising how many times you think to yourself "wish I had my camera with me".

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  18. Dear Rosemary - I love it when trees form arches and canopies — all that chartreuse is very refreshing to see, a nice visual break in my day!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing the forest Mark - the green this spring is like a sudden explosion everywhere.

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  19. I love each season, but Spring with its fresh greens is my favourite!

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    1. Mine too Nilly - I noticed for the first time this week that the beech leaves are pleated like the vintage sunray pleated skirts when they first emerge from the bud.

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  20. I love beech my mother use to use the leaves in her flower arranging. You are so lucky living close to this magnificent wood and it has been wonderful seeing your images through all the seasons.
    Sarah x

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    1. I am always surprised when I walk in the wood at how big the trees are and yet they grow on the sides of the escarpment which can't give them much depth for their roots.

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  21. Those transformations of nature will never seize to amaze me...
    Your photographs are so vivid and wonderful Rosemary!
    And the view of Cotswold so incredibly "painting like"

    Enjoy chartreuse : )






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    1. Dear Demie - spring is a time when it is possible to really see nature at work - every day different flowers appear in the garden and the landscape alters too. A week ago the common land surrounding us was yellowy/green, this week it is emerald.

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  22. Wonderful colors of the wood ...the four seasons in gorgeous photos ! I wouldn't mind living in a lovely village immersed in the green like the one you show here.

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    1. The joy of our cameras is that we can capture it forever, and also compare aspects of nature at different times of the year. The little hamlets around here blend in well with the landscape - man has not spoilt the environment.

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  23. Just beautiful. That little town looks too pretty to be true! x

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    1. It also has the remains of a Roman Villa with a wonderful mosaic.

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  24. Such a beautiful post Rosemary. The beach in all seasons. Wonderful.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing the beech trees Marijke.

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  25. Stunning photos, Rosemary. I'm not surprised that you want to capture the beauty of the beech woods during different seasons of the year. I feel nostalgic for the beech woods of Bucks, Berks, and Oxfordshire, especially at this time of the year - and, of course, the bluebells.

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    1. I had intended to visit our local bluebell woods today, but it has just started to pour with rain - looks like the wonderful weather is over for now.

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  26. Glorious images, Rosemary. I so love the fresh green of young beech leaves, but ours are so far behind yours and we have no trees fully out as yet. I'll just have to be patient....

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    1. I am sure that your beech leaves will be opening for your very shortly - as the crow flies we cannot be all that far apart.

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  27. Hello Rosemary, That delicate light green is a reminder that everything is young and renewed. I suppose I could find some evidence of it here, as there certainly is more botanic activity in the spring, but mostly the solid, permanent type of green is usually seen.

    I had never really though of it before this post and your intense pictures, but one of the chief pleasures of areas with changes of season is not four separate and discrete seasons, but the constantly changing effects of light and color that form a varying continuum all year.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Hello Jim - I like the way you have explained the seasonal changes that we experience at this latitude, which is linked with the light level. Your comments have made me have a slightly different view of the photographs. Thank you.

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  28. Hello, rosemary. How fabulous beech trees in each season! You captured nicely the lush verdure and the flickering light through leaves. They all look like dripping green juice and dying air with their colors - I'd like to be dyed in green while walking in that forest. We have many names to describe “green” in Japanese and now I’ve learned English “chartreuse”.

    Daughters customarily stay at their maiden home for a while after giving birth in my country. I like to see how my daughter mothers her baby and am so delighted to assist her.

    Yoko

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    1. Dear Yoko - what a lovely comment - thank you. I like to think of natures renewal - her rebirth, linked with your special experience of sharing your daughter's motherhood with her new baby, your grandchild.

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  29. Beautiful trees, lovely surroundings and I do love the Cotswold hamlet through the trees. Lovely to share nature at it's best.

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    1. The hamlet nestles happily in the valley - it doesn't look as if it has been imposed by man, it appears to be an integral part of it.

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  30. A glorious tour as always, Rosemary. I love your forest and how it changes.

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    1. Kate, we are both fortunate to have lovely forests on our doorsteps - they are magical places.

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