The Natural World

bluebell wood 1

In my last post I shared a poem by the American writer Wendell Berry. By coincidence, he was a guest on Monday’s  ‘Start the Week‘ on BBC Radio 4. He was joined by two other guests discussing the natural environment and what we can do to protect it. I found it a really thought-provoking listen, and just wanted to share it.



Darling buds

Hawthorn blossom

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May…” – Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Blossom in a hedgerow. I say hedgerow…it was more scrub really, but still pretty and good for the wildlife.

Image ©Dark and Bright Art 2016

The Trees

“The trees are coming into leaf

Like something almost being said;

The recent buds relax and spread,

Their greenness is a kind of grief.”

From ‘The Trees’ by Philip Larkin

Quite pleased with these! Taken on two different days, as you can probably tell.

John Piper exhibition

Went to ‘John Piper – The Mountains of Wales’ exhibition at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Atmospheric mixed media paintings of the mountains of North Wales, especially Snowdonia. Exhibition runs to 13th May 2012. Loved it so much I bought the book:

Also noticed this dusting of blossom in my local park this week: