New Beginnings – Spring 2017

March 15, 2017

Dorset pink poppy fields at sunrise 2022

Sunrise and mist: pink poppy field and a Dorset church.

For the last few days you’ve really been able to see the first signs of springtime. First we had carpets of crocuses, and now we have daffodils and the beautiful and delicate blossoms of magnolias. Meanwhile, the few remaining skeletal petals and leaves on plants are being replaced by new buds, shoots and spring flowers.

The following photos were taken at Compton Acres and Upton Country Park, Poole.

Magnolias at Upton Country Park, Poole

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New beginnings

New beginnings II

Spring Starflower (Ipheion uniflorum)

Hydrangea at Compton Acres, Poole, Dorset.

Remains of hydrangea and new shoots at Compton Acres, Poole, Dorset.

Magnolia tree at Upton Country Park, Poole

Magnolia tree at Upton Country Park, Poole

Daffodils at Upton Country Park, Poole.

Daffodils at Upton Country Park, Poole.

 

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