This is a little 'aside' from my theme, although it is a photograph of an old farm house. The 17th century farmhouse is sheltering behind the large cherry tree.
My primary reason for taking this was to contrast the icy conditions with the soft, sprintime qualities of the cherry tree!
Then my thoughts went straight to that wonderful poem by Robert Browning when he was feeling homesick for England in springtime! What would he have felt about this I wonder!
Home Thoughts from Abroad
Robert Browning (1812–89)
OH, to be in England now that April ’s there
And whoever wakes in England sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
The photograph was taken hand held, icy hands, with my small camera as I had been out walking.
Many thanks for stopping by.
I hope the weather is better for you!
Please feel fre to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)
pp slight crop, sharpened, cloned out edge of car, added borders and signed
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japiey (10163) 2008-04-10 3:23
Oh.. a lovely image.. rich in spring moods and the icy moment there..
Excellent in composition..
Admirations , for sharing such a lovely moment from your daily walk sessions..
Take care, dear friend.
Enjoy the days:)
tyro (21196) 2008-04-10 8:10
Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Pity it wasn't an elm, but you have captured this tree very nicely, amidst the snow.
Altogether a very nice picture but I just wonder if it's been just a tad oversharpened?
gracious (20025) 2008-04-10 11:43
You had composed this awesome spring image with a perfect and suitable framing for it!
very nice to have the whole cherry tree in the shot with the buildings as lovely bg!
the poem just perfect to this image too!
my special compliment to this
your mate Tony
gunbud (34066) 2008-04-10 18:01
Lvoely vertrical presentation on the spring snow shower that contrast so effectively with the greens and the pink blossoms on the April tree. Excellent poem that fits this photo perfectly.
Clementi (52514) 2008-04-11 0:51
a very beautiful composition, very beautiful this journey of yours through the old farms.
it is possible to say that we are doing the same research work. you in your countryside and I in the Roman countryside.
feather (51130) 2008-04-11 13:55
The blossom mixed with the snow is certainly an unusual sight, but after the weather of this last few years we shouldn't be surprised what nature throws at us. It has an unusual quality, a bit like a drawing. I suspect with all the tiny details, you had to use a lot of compression to fit TE criteria, which gives it an over-sharpened appearance when that is not necessarily the case.
I think Browning was looking through rose-coloured glasses.;D
LamCam (3603) 2008-04-12 3:24
I thought you might be out there trying ( and succeeding ) to catch these recent snowfalls! I like the softness the snowflakes bring to the colours plus the delicate overall texture, which the cherry blossom provides as well as the snow. The frame is well filled with houses and splendid tree to eliminate the white sky which can be a problem in these conditions.
If Browning had lived in the North of England his view of an English April might well have been rather different - although the chaffinches, and many other birds, are certainly singing their hearts out in my garden at the moment!
All the best, and don't get frostbite in that vital 'trigger' finger! ....Maggie
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (31957)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-04-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Casio Exilim EX-S100
- Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Views Around Trawden [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 3:09