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Gallery: a March selection

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

Charles Dickens

March has been a quiet month for photography, on the whole. It started slowly as I searched, sometimes in vain, for subjects that inspired me. Then halfway through the month spring started to arrive. Trees burst into blossom, shortly followed by my beloved magnolias.

The challenge then was not to take too many photos of the same thing! I’ve restricted myself to just one magnolia shot here, as I shared so many just a week ago. But I had to sneak a few tulips in too, of course, as well as some shots of a cheery bunch of daffodils. My featured photo was taken in St James’ Park, London, on 17th March, just as spring really began to be show itself.

The weather was much as Dickens describes above, with sunny days seeing us leave the winter coats at home to sit in the garden of our favourite coffee shop. Then as the month drew to an end the winter seemed to return and we finished March with icy winds, flurries of sleet (in London) and snow in much of the rest of the country.

Elsewhere of course war was raging, occupying everyone’s thoughts, and I can’t ignore that. So this month’s gallery finishes with a few shots of the London Stands With Ukraine march when Londoners came out to show their support for, and sympathies with, that beleaguered nation. My Ukrainian friend is thankfully safe with a mutual friend in Poland, but millions aren’t so lucky.

As I did last month, I’m linking to Ju-Lyn and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge.

Technical notes

Some of these shots were taken with my compact Panasonic Lumix and some with my phone. Some are straight out of the camera or with minor adjustments; others have been quite heavily edited with Nik Color Efex, or in a couple of cases Nik Silver Efex. As always, it’s pretty obvious which ones have been ‘fiddled with’!

  • Close-up of pale green lichen
  • Large red flower
  • Brick wall with single light bulb
  • Pale yellow flower filling the frame
  • Two bright yellow flowers
  • Red flower with raindrops on the pavement
  • Delicate white blossom
  • Rough bark with small white flowers
  • Centre of a deep pink flower with dark stamens
  • Centre of a yellow flower with dark stamens
  • Black and white photo of a white star-shaped flower
  • Two petals on a black background
  • Crowd waving yellow and blue flags
  • Young woman in pale blue dress with small girl and sunflowers
  • Woman in t-shirt with Imagine Peace slogan


  • Forestwood

    I do know what Dickens means. That is winter here in my region. Lovely selection, Sarah. I liked the flowers springing forth from the bark. Such a textural contrast.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      I know exactly what he means, we’ve had a lot of days like that so far this spring! Interesting that this is what winter feels like for you 😀

      I was amazed to see those flowers, so dainty against the rough bark. And only a few yards from our house!

  • Annie Berger

    I especially liked your commentary at the beginning, Sarah, with your reference to spring with Dickens’ quote leading into the lovely spring time shots and also your touching comments about what is happening in Ukraine and how Londoners are responding.

  • Alli Templeton

    A great collection of photos that together sum up March perfectly. The flowers are superb, and I have to say I’ve never seen lichen like that before. And your shots of London Stands with Ukraine are as heartwarming as those tantalising days of warmer weather we enjoyed during the month. The unity on show in the capital gives a flame of hope in the darkness, just as the daffodils are a symbol of hope of better times to come. Great stuff, Sarah. 🙂

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Thanks so much Alli 😊 I quite often see lichen like that on our street trees – it’s such a lovely shade of pale green! Yes, the day of the march was lovely and warm, and the turnout was impressive, with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. London at its best ❤

  • Bama

    I wish the skies were like in your opening shot when I went to the UK back in 2007. It was in August, but it was cloudy most of the time. A friend of mine who had lived in England told me that such weather is actually quite common despite the fact that it’s in the summer.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      That’s true. We can have blue skies at any time of the year but when we get them in the winter it usually means cold weather and in the summer it means hot (by UK standards). But we can also get cloudy skies at any time and in the winter that can actually make it milder whereas in the summer it makes it cooler. It’s all to do with our weather being most strongly influenced by the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream 🙂

  • bushboy

    A wonderful selection for March Sarah. Love the flowers and macros but the lichen at the start is lovely. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

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