Glorious wisteria

wisteria in bloom

The wisteria at the front of our house is in bloom, really early.  It is usually the middle of May before it comes out.    The smell is sumptuous …

wisteria

I love the way it hangs all along the stem in fronds.

wisteria blooms and pods

These wisteria pods from last winter knocked on our bedroom window last night and woke me up!  But I didn’t have the heart to cut them off…

close up of wisteria

I love looking up at them with the sunlight filtering through the leaves and seeing this glorious green and purple…

More spring scenes

Here is another magnolia which grows up by the side of the Civic Centre.  It is a lovely deep pink colour, I think.

deep pink magnolia

Nothing like the colour magnolia which paint companies sell in tins.

close up of pink magnolia

This flower was a little blurred but I thought I’d post it anyway.

one huge pink magnolia!

There is also a lovely pink flowering cherry tree which is out at the moment too.

flowering cherry in bloom

Yes, that is the right way up!  Taken from underneath…

And a lovely pink camellia too…

pink camellia

It has gone really warm the last couple of days and I sat out in the garden for a few minutes yesterday.  I couldn’t help noticing that the flies were sitting still too, sunning themselves…

close up of fly on leaf

I won’t show you the photos of the spiders…

Winter trees – bare branches

I took so many photos of trees on Saturday that I saved them for another post.  I think there’s a tree series somewhere inside me if only I could find the time to sit down and start it…

I think this one is coppiced.

coppiced tree

The photo’s a bit blurry, but just look at those roots!

mossy tree roots

I love trees silhouetted against the horizon.

trees silhouetted against the horizon

I love the look of these branches intertwining like snakes….

tree branches looking like snakes

And these branches are crooked, zigzaggedy…

crooked branches

Almost back to the car park … a clearing lit by the late afternoon sun…

trees in the afternoon sun

An afternoon in Ystradfellte

We had a nice family walk to some waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons (a range of Welsh mountains) this afternoon.  The path wound along the side of a river, which gradually became a gorge and had several spectacular waterfalls along its length.   It was quite rocky and I was glad I was wearing my walking boots, particularly as I twisted my ankle and went flying before we even reached the footpath!  So I am now the proud possessor of various black and blue parts of my body… I expect it’ll be difficult to get out of bed tomorrow morning!  It was worth it though, to get out into the fresh air and the kids enjoyed it.   Anselm is studying gorges and waterfalls for his geography GCSE so he particularly wanted to go there and took as many photos as I did!

I loved the mossy trees along the first part of the walk – it made me think of Lord of the Rings!

mossy trees

Mossy trees and stones

more mossy trees

The waterfalls were all pretty spectacular too.  I used the ‘sports’ button on my camera – it is designed to take more than one photo at a very high speed to capture moving images.

waterfall

Another one:

waterfall

There has been so much rain lately that we knew the waterfalls would be good!   A lot of other people seemed to have the same idea – the area was quite crowded.

This last waterfall was the main destination because the path actually goes underneath!  The kids went there and got pretty wet…

 waterfall with footpath running underneath

There was spray even from where I took the photo!