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Gallery: an April selection (2024)

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length, the season of summer does come.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlye lived a long time ago (1795 – 1881) but he could have been around today judging by this observation. While not exactly stormy, spring this year has definitely been wet and quite often cooler than normal. Yes, there have been odd days when it felt like winter was well behind us, with warm sunshine giving us all a lift. But within a couple of days the clouds had descended, the thermometer dropped, and the rain returned.

A welcome break for us was our long weekend in Cagliari, Sardinia. We soaked up some sun (although the evenings were chilly thanks to a brisk wind, the Mistral), ate delicious food and learned something of this island’s fascinating history. There will be posts to come on our explorations there but I’ve dropped a few ‘taster’ shots into the slideshow below.

Apart from that it was a relatively quiet month. I met up for dinner with a Virtual Tourist friend visiting London from Florida, along with his lovely wife and daughter. The following day more Virtual Tourist friends were in London, visiting just from Yorkshire. We spent a great day together exploring Rotherhithe, visiting the Photographers’ Gallery, and taking street photos in Soho. I also lucked out with a visit to a bluebell wood with friends from my photography group, which coincided with the one proper spring weekend of the month. I’ve already posted about that here but had to include a couple of photos in this round-up, among them my featured shot.

Technical notes

Most of these shots were taken with my compact Panasonic Lumix, including those in Sardinia, Rotherhithe and Soho. Those in Ealing were taken with my phone, as was the first one in London. And I used my Panasonic bridge camera on the bluebell woods shoot. Most have been at least a little edited with Photoshop Elements and some more heavily edited with Nik Color Efex.

As always I am linking my selection to Ju-Lyn’s and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge. Use the arrows to navigate the slideshow if you want to see all the images.

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