Serenity Circle 2020

Serenity in the garden – May 2020

Welcome to May’s Serenity Circle.

Nikon D200 Nikon 50 mm f1.4 extension tubes

This past month hubby and myself have spent a lot of time in the garden (ha ha, where else during lock down)?!! 😆

The weather’s been really sunny here in Aberdeenshire—although we have had a few wet days, plus a couple of days when we had snow flurries—for the most part the weather’s been really lovely.

Nikon D200  •  various lenses

Transforming the garden

Hubby’s been really busy transforming the back garden into a little oasis of peace and calm.  He built a new path, planted various shrubs, bushes and flowers and re-positioned a fence to include a hideaway bin keep!

He also built a raised vegetable bed from wood recycled from the garden and we’ve planted salad leaves, radish, beetroot and spring onions in it already.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. —Audrey Hepburn

In addition to this, I ordered a couple of vegetable growing bags in preparation for growing baby potatoes and carrots.  I’d also like to grow our own herbs at some point too.  

In the evenings….

…. it’s been really fine sitting on the garden bench looking out across the garden and admiring the transformation each new day brings.  We had started out with a red, pink and white colour theme, which we’ve carried on for the most part, but as the weeks have passed, we’ve introduced a few more colours too, e.g. orange and blue.

The sounds of nature

The sound of bees gently humming as they hover from flower to flower has been a constant background noise from early morning ’til late into the evening.  We’re more than happy to encourage them because they do a really good job pollinating the garden.

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Nikon D200  •  Sigma 70 – 200 mm f2.8

Another pleasant sound is that of the birds chirping in the surrounding tree tops.

Faith is a bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. —R. Tagore

I’m an early riser and I often stand at the back door early in the morning (just before the world begins to stir) listening to the birds’ morning chorus; it’s so beautiful and and how I like to start the day.

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Nikon D200  •  Sigma 70-200 mm f2.8

I’m dreaming….

…. of a secret hideaway under the blossom tree where I can steal away with a book and a cuppa and pure chill!  I think hubby may have other plans for this spot however, i.e. a BBQ area, so we’ll have to wait and see.  I’ll be happy with whatever he decides ‘cos either way, both ideas seem good to me.

Well this is a tiny glimpse into my small corner of the internet this month.  Next we’re off across the pond to Canada to visit Lori McLellan, Calgary area Fine Art Photographer with her post “Spring Serenity”Enjoy!

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About the Serenity Circle:  We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world – some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself.  The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month.  This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest running of its kind online.  It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California.  

The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

20 thoughts on “Serenity in the garden – May 2020”

    1. Thank you Pam! I didn’t have any colour in my last garden, just green grass! Hubby has worked very hard to restore this garden. It’s flowers and plants were dried up and very neglected. Many have had to be replaced, but it’s starting to take shape.

      Tomorrow we start to paint the fence. Think that will take a few days. It’s currently green with mould! We’re painting it dark brown – it’s “original” painted colour.

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    1. Thank you so much Nadeen. I’m still working on hubby re: my “secret” garden. It’s looking promising 👍

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  1. Such a beautiful collection of images. I am so happy for you that you are able to plant all this in your backyard. I wish we had a little more moderate climate here so that I could plant some things, especially flowers.

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    1. Thank you so much Iris! Hubby is the gardener in the family, although I’m hoping to plant up potatoes and carrots if that counts, lol. My veggie grow bags arrived from Amazon and they will do the job nicely. I’m hoping to plant them up this week. They will only take up a small amount of space which is good. Hubby is going to make a second raised vegetable bed but we will have to wait to get soil to fill it, plus more compost and that could take ages (i.e. the soil) with lock down. The garden’s nice but a lot of work and expense.. We’d never have got so much done had it not been for lock down – or spent so much!!! 😱. We haven’t done anything in the front garden and that will have to wait now until next year. It’s mainly chucky stones at the moment and doesn’t have any flowers. We should really have planted it up first, but with lock down, we’ve been spending time at the back of the house so it made sense to start there.

      I know you love flowers Iris and so wish you had a garden too. I know what it’s like not to have one. I didn’t have flowers in my last house either, but spent time in the countryside at weekends instead. Made me really appreciate every flower I came across there – even weeds which can be quite pretty.

      Stay safe and blessed xx

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    1. I’m not a gardener either Eileen, but I’d like to try. I’m starting small with planting potatoes and carrots. We have to watch the dog! He’s a little monster for walking over the raised bed and sticking his nose in the earth 😯 He loves carrots, so maybe he’s looking for some 😆

      I’m working on hubby to let me have a reading nook, and looks promising, but we have picnic bench to be erected and I know he’s eyeballing my wee corner to place it there 😱 I’m hoping the bench will look okay on the outside of “my wee spot” so I can hide away with a cuppa and a good read when the notion takes me. 🙏🙏🙏. Hubby has a whole big garden and greenhouse to potter about in and I’m just hoping for this one small corner.

      I went outside early this morning and had a cuppa on the bench before everyone was up and it was so nice and peaceful. I’m fighting for my wee corner 😉😄

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  2. I love what you found in your garden! You’ve done some amazing work in it! Such beauty all around you for sure! And I can’t wait to see what will happen with that area, but I agree that both a reading and BBQ place would be fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Emily 💓 Tomorrow we start painting the wooden fence around “my wee space” plus the rest of the garden fence. There’s a lot of fencing, so hoping for a slightly cooler day than today. It’ll probably take a good few days or so to complete, weather permitting. The fence really pulls it all down at the moment because goodness knows when it was last painted – it’s green in places!!! Most places 😱 However, it’s in good order apart from needing a clean and a paint. I’m really looking forward to seeing the surrounding fences put back to their original colour (dark brown,). We have some white clematis to grow up the fence once it’s finished and we’re really looking forward to seeing these planted up against the fence too.

      We haven’t started the front garden yet!!! Think that will get a general tidy until next year.

      Stay safe Emily xx

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  3. These images are absolutely stunning Wendy I loved being transported away for a few moments there! Glad to hear you’re growing veggies too. Such a beautiful post. 🙂 I was pondering extension tubes last week but there seem to be so many! Can you recommend any please? xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jillian!

      I use Meike (Nikon compatible) extension tubes. I think they cost me £14 two years ago. They are not much more expensive now. Seriously love them and they are so easy to use. Got mine on Amazon. I don’t know about more expensive varieties, but I’m happy with what I’ve got 😊

      We were checking the veggies (salad kit,) tonight and the seeds are beginning to sprout. Don’t know if it’s lock down or what but I felt quite excited to see them peeping through the earth ☺

      Hope you are all well. Stay safe xx

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    1. I love to shoot either really early morning or just before blue hour in the evening….and of course when it’s overcast Nancy. Ha ha….Scotland gets a lot of clouds so I’m spoilt for low light photography.

      The good thing about early morning is there’s no-one about so you can concentrate without interuption!

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with Nancy. Keep me posted.

      Stay safe xx

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  4. It sounds like you are building a lovely little oasis in your back yard. We, too, have been spending many hours in the yard. We are still waiting for the blooms, though. I love the deep colours in your images. Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks so much Lori! I doubt we’d have anything much done garden wise had it not been for lock down. There’s been many blessings as a result, although keeping in mind the most difficult time others are going through at this time too. It’s difficult to marry the two when you are locked away!

      Hope your garden blooms beyond your expectations this year.

      Stay safe xx

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  5. What beautiful photos, Wendy!! The mood and colours are wonderful! What do you edit your photos in please?
    So good you seem to have a big garden and can grow and do many things in it. Ours is tiny and I have to seek my secret garden spot on my walks, away from home. xx

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    1. Thank you so much Vesna. I start off editing in Lightroom 5 and then do a final curves touch up in Photoshop. I shoot in low light for my nature images and have a set pattern I follow for editing for the most part (although I deviate from it now and again). It’s specifically geared towards greens and foliage and adapted from a preset that comes with Sarah Gupta’s,photography course (see below for link). You really must check out Sarah Gupta’s editing course – it’s brilliant and helped me and so many greatly if you like this style. It’s found here: https://www.clickphotoschool.com/the-art-of-the-photograph-color-depth-processing/

      Stay safe my lovely friend xx

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