Headed out on a mission yesterday afternoon – to track down some May blossom. Common hawthorn is also known as the May Tree and is so called after the month in which it flowers. A British native hedgerow species, its fragrant blossoms traditionally feature in May Day festivals.
The May Tree
“Spring goeth all in white,
Crowned with milk-white May.”
~ Robert Bridges from Spring Goeth in May
The phrase “Ne’er cast a clout till May is out” is believed to refer to the blooming of the blossom although it can be interpreted as being the month of May.
And “April showers bring forth May flowers” can also refer to the blossom or the month – hard to decide which.
It is certainly present in abundance around here!
(please click on an image to enlarge)
Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. This week shows photos taken between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm (1400 – 1500).
If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world between 14:00 – 15:00 this week. I hope you’ll join in! See links above for more details.
23 thoughts on “One Day One World Project: 14:00 to 15:00 hours”
Nice blossom shot at the bottom Jude. Lovely and crisp.
Regards as always, Pete. x
Cheers Pete – we walked about 3 miles and then found lots of hawthorn on the common only 1/2 mile away! But I loved the pink one – only saw this one hedgerow, though I remember pink hawthorn from my childhood.
Definitely worth the effort to go out and find these. They’re beautiful. I’m also interested in the castle in the background. It looks like a lovely area.
There are LOADS of photos of that castle on my site LD – just search for Ludlow and you’ll see what I mean 😀
Jude the photo of the flowers with the castle in the background is amazing. We would have to walk quite a bit farther than 3 miles to find that shot. 🙂
That was a fortunate shot, that particular hawthorn was positioned perfectly to get the castle in the shot, glad you liked it 🙂
It really is spectacular.
A hedgerow of blooming Hawthorne must be truly beautiful, I love your photos! Thanks so much for sharing your walk and 2:00 hour with us. 🙂
Not as exciting as the previous hours, but I made the effort to get out and do something for the project, else you’d have a photo of my laptop and me writing a post or something! I shall check out what everyone else has been doing shortly.
Lovely close ups of the Hawthorn and the information about May and the line April shower, reminded me of an old song.
“So keep looking for a blue bird and listening for his song whenever April showers come along._/\_
I don’t know about blue birds, but I get woken up at 4 am at the moment by the dawn chorus 😀
Wonderful shots, Jude. I do miss seeing the splendour of an English springtime. I imagined I could hear birdsong when I was looking at your lovely first pic. 🙂
Oh you are not wrong there Sylvia, I only wish I could have captured the endless birdsong as we walked along the lanes – it was music to my soul 🙂 Who needs iPods stuck in one’s ears?
I love what you’ve done with your header photo! What technique did you use?
Watercolour – it was so hazy that the background looked dull and editing levels just didn’t work.
Looks great to me!
It’s beautiful. Almost like cherry blossoms. Does it have a scent? Just to make you a tad homesick, I have African Monarch butterflies hatching in my garden at the moment 🙂
It does have a scent, but difficult to describe – sort of talcum powderish! I don’t remember the butterflies – you will have to get some photos for me. Maybe they were just part of the background then 🙂
I have some, just need to downloads them. Spotted them early morning while trying to get ready for work. I’ll see how they come out and let you see.
Heaps of hawthorn here too! And fabulous lilac this year 🙂 I spotted this challenge the other day and hope to join in at some point. It’s a good idea.
yes, lilac is one of those shrubs that flower well one year and then not so good for a couple of years; as you say they are very prolific this year! In fact everything seems so lush and vibrant!
There’s a hawthorn hedge around one property nearby, but of course it has just lost it’s leaves ‘down here’. From memory, one of them has pink blossom. thanks for sharing such lovely pictures, Jude!
The pink ones are so pretty!
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