Paris in Springtime

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is delicate. Now my selected image may not conjure up fine craftsmanship or intricate textures, but I am aiming for a sense of elegance and grace with these lovely trees providing an intimate framework for the pleasures of Parisians enjoying the spring air.

le jardin de plantes b&w

Lovers sitting on a bench, a child playing, families strolling through le Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France which lies in the 5th arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine. This photo reminds me of the sort of picture we used to study at school during our French lessons in order to learn the vocabulary and practice speaking. So many details to find.

Light… and Dark

Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about Light.


One of the things I do love about winter is how trees become so beautiful with their bare limbs free of leaves so that the structure shows against the sky. Sometimes, as in this case, the sky behind also has a beauty of its own with interesting cloud formations and shooting into the sun produces a monochromatic image without much post-processing required.


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Ancient trees and the Spanish Armada

One of the loveliest things about visiting Croft Castle in Herefordshire is to see the many ancient trees planted there. Majestic chestnuts and oaks some going back hundreds of years.


A story tells that sweet chestnuts were taken from captured Spanish ships and planted at Croft between 1580 and 1680. The avenue is said to represent the formal battle plan of the Spanish Armada with rows of chestnuts representing the Spanish ships and oaks the English. This was the original formal approach to the castle.

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Strength in Endurance


  1. the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
  2. the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

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4 seasons collageThese two trees in a nearby field endure the different weathers of winter, spring, summer and autumn, year after year, often for hundreds of years. You have to admire their strength.