my photos over the past few days (for this meme and more generally) have been seasonal rather than festive, recording first spotting of some of the birds that come to the river over winter, a moon seen clearly at 7.50am and bare trees.
I enjoy watching the seasonal cycle of nature - my garden has signs of crocus and snowdrop leaves with a promise of blooms in January. But when I was looking over my garden for signs of new growth I noticed that one of the summer flowers was blooming and there was a bud too - it is unusually mild at the moment but I'm sure that is unseasonal blooming
I suspect this interest in the seasonal is related to winter solstice this week
and being glad that the daylight will be getting longer - I looked up
the sunrise and sunset times and discovered that we gained 8 seconds
today and the increase is gradual to start but by summer solstice we
will have 10 more hours of daylight than we do now!
Thinking ahead to the pair meme next year (I discussed it here if you missed it) and one of the ideas of 'then and now' I've been making a list of 6 or so photos to take in my garden and on my walk soon because I know they will look very different in spring or summer and that will make a nice pairing then if I do my preparation now.
Next Wednesday is the last day of 2014 so I realise some of you will link your first pair for 2015 and some will be posting your last zoom in zoom out for 2014 - all fine with me.
I know that blog reading patterns change over the festive season so to cover all bases please choose whichever is applicable - have a great Christmas / hope you are having a great Christmas / trust you had a great Christmas