Don’t you just love this time of year? It’s full of energy, growth and optimism. The days are longer, brighter and hopefully warmer.

My April Lensbaby Blog Post includes some of the photographs I took when I recently wandered round just 2 of the many wonderful gardens we are fortunate to have in Yorkshire, Harlow Carr and Beningborough Hall.

As it’s so early in the season, the images show the transition from the desaturated tones of winter to the emerging vivid colours of the season ahead. There is something very beautiful about the bare skeletal shrubs and trees that winter leaves behind for spring to perform it’s magic.

Beningborugh Hall walled gardens

I wonder how this arch will look in a few months time?

Beningborough Hall walled gardens


The robin has such special significance to me. He often appears to say hello on my walks .

Beningborough Hall greenhouse

The blossom is starting to bloom in the warmth of the greenhouse.

Peeping into the potting sheds.

Have you tasted Yorkshire rhubarb?

Spring flowers at Beningborough Hall

The colours of spring starting to emerge.

I am really enjoying taking photographs and writing for the Lensbaby Blog Circle.  It is encouraging me to let my photography tell stories. I am slowly mastering the manual focus of the Velvet 85 and equally enjoy taking close ups but also love the not so ‘pin’ sharp effect I am used to with my landscapes.

It’s in my diary to return later in the season to see how the gardens have flourished.

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