The small things

Still  a cool, cloudy day on the lane but more and more roses are appearing – this new one with its creamy petals is very beautiful.

Further along the lane these small creatures, all managing to sit on the same flower head together. I’m not sure if the brown one is a form of bee or not?

Looking for and finding the small changes and differences along the lane reinforces for me how much we can overlook in the places around us. There are so many worlds that are not even noticed normally in our rush to be somewhere.

Elderflowers and moss

The cool morning has subdued the colours on the lane but the elderflower blossom provides a creamy white highlights among the moss covered trees near the top of the lane. I love the scent of elderflower and with the deeper compost scent of the woods it is calming.

Ragged robin is blooming merrily. The petals look as though they’re constantly throwing their flower heads around, creating a tangled look but when I started drawing the flowers a different pattern emerges.

Roses everywhere!

It has been colder on the lane but there are still so many new flowers and plants appearing. Now there are little orchids near the mill stream and roses  – everywhere! Briar roses, dog roses and then the cultivated rosa rugosa.

The colour combinations that can be seen from the mixture of leaves, flowers, mosses and branches as they change through time make a marvellous resource for designs and paintings.