Monthly Photo Challenge: A year in Ludlow

(The header shows what it should look like at this time of year)

lime tree collage
A year of the lime (linden) trees

Here is a slideshow of images taken throughout the year and if you want to view each month then please follow the links at the end.

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One of the most beautiful things about Britain is the changing season. From the fresh greens and soft rains in spring, the bountiful colours and long light-filled evenings of summer, the turning colours and misty mornings of autumn to the frosty clear days of winter. There is nothing quite like it and I treasure the constant shift. And thanks to this challenge I have enjoyed recording this year around my home town and sharing its beauty with you. I hope you have enjoyed it too. I have also enjoyed looking around localities at different times of the year all over the world.

The Cardinal  ran a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. The idea was to find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog and to continue to do so every month. The idea was to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps? And news is that he is going to run the challenge for another year. So maybe you will join in?


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

49 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: A year in Ludlow”

        1. Mmm… that is always a problem when you are working. But it is different next year, only need to post one photo that represents the month – take a look at the instructions – that might be doable.

    1. I have enjoyed doing it. Makes you really stop and look at your surroundings. The 2016 varies the challenge so have a look at it.

    1. Leafless but whippy, I thought they were only pollarded every other year, be interesting to see how different they are this year.

  1. Over the past year, I’ve fallen in love with Ludlow via your monthly photos. It’s such a treasure! Thank you for sharing it with us … and I’m really impressed with your knowledge of plants and flowers 🙂

    1. Many thanks Jo, it’s been nice to share this lovely little town with everybody. I love plants so enjoy looking up the names of those I don’t know.

        1. Not at all stupid, though I may well be quite bonkers, I have a few books which I consult first, and then it is a case of Google and various descriptions. The thing to do is not only photograph a perfect photo of the plant, but also take other photos of the leaves, the ground around it, the scale (if you can) which help with the description. Believe me, there are thousands of ‘blue spiky flowers’ 😀 (and sometimes in botanical gardens they helpfully put in labels…)

        2. if there is then I wish someone would tell me about it, I spend hours researching stuff! (And occasionally get it wrong too!)

        3. You can do an image search on google and google will find photos that looks similar. That way you’ll probably find the same flower on some site and also the name of it.

        4. Good to mention this option CG . You can, and I do, but a lot of people label their flowers incorrectly! If you use it do some cross-checking!

      1. Yes, it’s always important to cross-check your sources when it’s possible. Sometimes people just copy whatever they find and a mistake can be repeated over and over. It happened to me today when I posted some song lyrics: I checked the first 3 hits i found on Google and they were all wrong, so I just wrote the correct lyrics myself as I was listening to the song.

    1. Thank you Pete for all your kind remarks this year. it is always a pleasure to read your comment. I’m not sure there is much of Ludlow left to discover now!

    1. Only glad to know people have enjoyed visiting the town, need the wellies today though and a brolly would be entirely useless…

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