Changing Seasons: June On Windmill Hill

With this shot I’m back to what Meg at 12monthsinWarsaw calls my Monet’s Haystack mode – i.e. there just cannot be too many shots of the old windmill near my house. I succumb every single time I’m there with a camera to hand. I snapped it yesterday in celebration of the summer solstice, caught in a quick walk between supper’s first course of dhal and Staffordshire oat cakes, and the strawberry crumble that was to follow.

I was also taken by the midsummer meadow in all its lushness – so many different kinds of grasses that I cannot name, and masses of pyramidal orchids – far more than last year. There were also spotted orchids, meadow sweet, vetch, red and white clovers, ladies bedstraw, and white bladder campion which is most usually seen growing on seaside cliffs. And also the sky above was filled with clouds that looked like dragons.




Please visit Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons for more on this challenge.

copyright 2016 Tish Farrell

42 thoughts on “Changing Seasons: June On Windmill Hill

  1. Hi T – in the reader I saw the windmill feature photo and I recognized it! That is when blogging gets really fun – to see these changing seasons – and this challenge is a good one – like the pics and the tall flowers one (top right on my mobile) is my fav of this post.

    1. That’s so lovely that you recognised the windmill, Yvette. I often think of you when I’m up there because I know you’re interested in the plants and their properties 🙂

  2. I love how the clouds, trees and grasses make zigzags through the windmill image Tish. You know the more I blog the more I want to see of England, never mind the rest of the world.

    1. I’ve been thinking just that myself, Gilly. There is so MUCH to explore. And if it isn’t scenic, then it’s often very interesting, and I know relatively little about other counties. E.g. Northampton is a place to explore, and who ever mentions it?

    1. Actually it’s lovely to see the meadow regaining more of its former limestone meadow glory. I’m not quite sure why that’s happened so particularly this year, although the community group the Windmill Trust who care for the windmill did get someone to mow the grass after the little ponies had grazed it in the autumn. We have one or two of these old meadows surviving around Wenlock. One near the Edge is happily listed an SSSI.

  3. You are right, Tish, there can’t be too many shots of this windmill. It’s beautiful. I love the movement of the clouds and the breeze in the grass!

  4. Your windmill and my stone bridge. I’ve shot my bridge so many times, I cannot tell which picture is from which year. Some places, some images, speak to us. I love your windmill and if I lived near it, I’m sure I would take pictures of it as often as I could 🙂 It’s beautiful.

  5. Why don’t I ever see orchids? Love the windmill and love the sky – those clouds are superb. We had a beautiful sunset tonight which sort of made up for there not being one over the last week. And I agree. We have some incredible landscapes, who needs to go abroad?

  6. How lovely to take such a magnificent building and use it as inspiration for an on going series of photos. Most informative and creative.

    1. It’s a bit compulsive, but the process reminds me how special is the landscape around us, not just here in Wenlock, but wherever our feet to touch the surface of the earth. I suppose it’s an exercise in mindfulness, a disposition also close to your heart and creativity.

    1. How time has flown, eh. The orchids are amazing this year, Meg. Even some tiny bee orchids up there, but they are so difficult to photograph. And now we’re having downpours so I’m afraid they might be crushed before I can get a better shot.

  7. So different to Oz… the opposite. Whats long to us is short to you… the days. Summer solstice tomorrow… have a look; been taking snaps every day/dawn

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