Subjects to seek out this month:
I follow RSPB on social media and in their groups you can see that bird lovers have been taking some fabulous photos of Cuckoos- recently arrived all the way from Africa. It’s not always easy to find places to hear them, let alone see them, and then get clear images so I am in awe! I am sure you know of places you can give this a go yourself, if not I can suggest one or two in Northumberland.
Easier but equally as beautiful to photograph is Cuckoo Flower, aka Lady’s Smock.
This pretty, delicate flower loves roadsides, riverbanks and tends towards damper areas. Now is the perfect time to see it. The open nature of it makes single plants tricky to frame without a distracting background so look for large groups growing wild, or take you time to line up a neat or contrasting subject behind it.
I found a patch by the main road and snapped this with my phone. Not the best image but the plant made me very happy and reminded me how fast spring is springing!
Did you know:
May Day was once seen as the most auspicious time of year bringing in the warmth and sustenance of summer. We often think of the May Pole but, before that, the Celts would celebrate by dancing around hilltop fires ‘sunwise.’