November lost it's sparkle


I find November to be a hard month, with not much happening and little light.
The days have been dull, with very little sunshine.

After the blaze of colour in Autumn




The  colour has gone.....and my camera struggles to find the light.



But I looked hard and found the Orange berries on a
Sea buckthorn tree
(Hippophae rhamnoides)



Pollen grains of sea buckthorn have been found in soil deposits dating back almost 10,000 years.
These show that it was one of the pioneer trees, that brought vegetation back to Britain in the bleak and desolate centuries following the last Ice Age.
They have planted a row of these across the road from the end of the runway at Leeds/Bradford Airport.


Still managed to find a Harlequin Ladybird on the bridge across the beck,
and after taking a photo of some Lichen I noticed a insect in the middle of the plant, it's so tiny.



The red stem's of fruiting moss..


The birds are back in the garden and the tit family seem to be doing well....






I'm hoping December brings the frost with clear crisp sunny days....

Happy Hunting

Amanda XXX





Comments

  1. Stunning photos Amanda. Love the polaroid style bird pictures too.
    Jacquie x

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    1. Thanks Jacquie, so nice of you to leave a comment, I too just love polaroid photos would love to have a real camera but they are soooo expensive. Have done these on PicMonkey...such a great place to play with your photos.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Lovely collages Amanda. Yes its not a great month is it.

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    1. Thanks Roy...can I really be looking forward to some frost !!!
      Amanda xx

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  3. I know what you mean about struggling to find the light with the camera. That often happens to me in November, too. This year, winter has come early for us. So, while we've had sunny days it has been brutally cold and I don't enjoy cold-finger photography. Anyway, you have found exquisite beauty even in the gray of November.

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    1. Thanks Beth, at this time of the year I think I need the sunlight more than my camera :)
      Amanda xx

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  4. My neighbour has a Sea buckthorn in her garden. I love it but never knew what it was called. Lovely to put a name to it!
    Jacqui.

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, it's a lovely bush/tree often found by the sea.....
      Amanda xx

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  5. Beautiful images Amanda - love the Sea Buckthorn berries. Struggling here with camera and light levels too - such a gloomy month. Wish we could have had some of those cold frosty days with blue skies and sun! I hope your arm is a lot better and they have decided to delay the second operation until after Christmas.

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    1. Thanks RR, have gone back to work this week which has lifted my spirits, now having other hand done in the new year..looking forward to December and a little snow !
      Amanda xx

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  6. That last photo is beautiful. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) some sunny, frost days too :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, will take frosty clear days over damp dull days...
      Amanda xx

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  7. Love Sea buckthorn........the berries surely brighten any dull day.
    Great idea planting near airports.

    This is the time we start to see more birds in the garden.....love your members of the tit family on display.

    Great group of images once again.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, love watching the Blue tits coming to feed on a morning, we have six at a time so I think they are a family sticking together, the Great tit was a rare visitor to our garden but now in daily..noisy little bird.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Stunning set of pictures as always. I like the font you've used for all the latin names. My camera is struggling with the light too- lots of dull lack lustre pics :o( Frost due here tomorrow morning..... xx

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    1. Thanks CT, font on PicMonkey, give it a go it's free and lots of fun things to do with your photos when you get the hang of it.. Frost trouble is I'm back at work :(
      Amanda xx

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  9. Still looks good to me! I'm surprised your trees look so bare - but I guess you are higher up than here. We still have tons of leaves on the trees and they are only just going past their peak (colour) which was mid Nov. Love the buckthorn berries. I think the tiny insect is a springtail and I have found them in the depths of winter under fallen leaves. Great photos! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, the trees are very bare, but the berries make up for it there are loads this year..
      Amanda xx

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  10. I'm missing the light too particularly with working full time as it gives so little opportunity for taking photos. The upside was the first real cold, frosty morning today which made me feel excited and christmassy. It won't last though and scraping the car windows will soon wear thin! x

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    1. Thanks Julie, just had one little frost, but going up to work first thing in a morning there has been some lovely sky's
      Amanda xx

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  11. I hope that you can keep finding light and colour, no matter what the season or what is happening in life. xx

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  12. Stunning photos. I love the Ladybird and the insect in the Lichen. x

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    1. Thanks Deb, the sun is still bringing them out to feed...
      Amanda xxx

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  13. I like that last shot! And the teeny tiny insect. Isn't that the wonderful thing about modern cameras, however hard we look they 'see' things we don't.

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    1. Thanks Annie, Have to take my reading glasses with me now as I have found I miss quite allot of things...
      Amanda xx

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