ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
I must have at least 100 pictures of the Victorian cemetery next to my old workplace. They're all neatly organised in a folder called "cemetery," and a few years ago, I made monthly LJ posts about the flora and fauna of the place.

Today I walked that old route to work for the first time in at least six months. It was unrecognisable! The path I used to take was one of the most overgrown parts of the cemetery. On gloomy days, it had the appearance of a dark forbidding tunnel, where shadowy ruined stone angels lurked in the shadows. The path itself was deeply rutted and very muddy. I had take a longer route throughout the winter months to avoid arriving at work with mud up to my ankles, and even on dry days, I could never walk it after dusk, since the ground was so irregular that I was afraid I'd break my ankle.

Today the path was a broad, smooth path of scattered bark and wood chippings. All the overshadowing trees had gone. Suddenly there were rhodedendrons visible, previously lost in the gloom, and views out of the buildings beyond. The health centre car park next door is transformed, too - no longer enclosed and dark, but seeming twice the size now that it's got a view into the cemetery beyond.

Is is like a totally different place - so different that I found myself struggling to remember exactly how it had looked for all those years I had walked it.

And do I have a single picture of that particular part of the cemetery - the path I walked more than any other path - in my collection of my 100+ pictures?

Of course not!

Moral: photograph everything, just in case it suddenly changes.
ladyofastolat: (Vectis)
I stopped my monthly cemetery pictures during the winter, because nothing exciting was happening, except for Unmitigated Squelch. (Band name?) But everything's been waking up nicely during February. Jays are shouting their hearts out, wood pigeons are telling everything that their toes hurt, mother, green woodpeckers are yaffling merrily, and greater spotted woodpeckers are drilling their heads off, posing quite nicely on branches until I make any sort of movement in the direction of my camera, whereupon they scarper. Snowdrops are still conspicuous by their absence, but primroses and daffodils started in late January, followed closely by crocuses. By last week, it was all looking quite impressive, but it's quite hard to convey the flower carpet properly in a photograph. I popped out today, hoping that there would be even more flowers than last week, but it was all too gloomy, so most of the flowers were staying in bed.

A few pictures )
ladyofastolat: (Vectis)
Oops. I forgot to take any pictures in the cemetery in October. It was horribly soggy under foot, so I hardly ever ventured into it, and I was out and about quite a bit during the month. Also, I'd been rather discouraged by the brutal September mowing, which chopped down all the lovely flowers I'd been observing.

I took these November pictures a couple of weeks ago - on Remembrance Sunday, in fact. I climbed over the wall into the cemetery at about 10.50, then saw that there were quite a lot of solemn-looking people in the cemetery stationed round various graves, so I hid silently in the trees until 11.02 was safely passed and everyone was leaving. It didn't feel right to shout out, "Oh, look! A pretty mushroom!" when people were using the cemetery for its proper purpose. (Although dog-walking seems to be its most common purpose.)

I don't think I missed anything exciting by skipping October, to be honest. November was pretty, due to the sunlight and the colour of the leaves, but completely devoid of flora.

November in the cemetery )
ladyofastolat: (Default)
I took my August pictures of the cemetery a few days before my computer died, and didn't get round to taking them off my camera. I went out yesterday to photograph all the colourful wild flowers that had sprung up since August - scabious and agrimony and ragwort in copious quantities - only to find two ride-on lawnmowers and four men with strimmers, just retiring for lunch after devastating the whole lot. :-(

The cemetery in August and September )
ladyofastolat: (Vectis)
Five weeks after my last photographic expedition into the cemetery, here comes a rather overgrown and butterfly-filled picture of July.

The cemetery in July )
ladyofastolat: (Default)
This is the second post in my probably-of-interest-only-to-me series of posts on the flora and fauna of Northwood Cemetery. My last batch of photos was taken exactly four weeks ago today. Here is the cemetery one month on.

The cemetery in June )
ladyofastolat: (Vectis)
I have decided to try to keep a month by month photographic record of the flora and fauna of the Victorian cemetery that's right next door to where I work. I've no idea if I'll keep it up or not, but here is May's entry.

The cemetery in mid May )
ladyofastolat: (Misty Glastonbury)
I managed to a get a small amount of time out in the snow with my new camera today, although I was limited by the fact that I could only get to places I could walk to from work in half an hour. The light was pretty pathetic all day. Although there were patches of blue sky up above, there was a low fog for most of the day, so the sun seldom penetrated.

Snow in the graveyard )

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