Local Area - Spring, Spring, Spring
w/e 23 March 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Oh, the barnyard is busy in a regular tizzy,
And the obvious reason is because of the season
Ma Nature's lyrical, with her yearly miracle
Spring, Spring, Spring.

Well I don't know about the barnyard mentioned in the opening verse of Johnny Mercer's lyrics for the song from the musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" but spring has certainly begun to show its true colours around the local area in the past couple of weeks.

'Illy 'Oleys

The crocuses are past their best now on 'Illy 'Oleys but I caught them at their best when all the different shades and hues were in flower.
Beggars Walk

When I walked through Shipley Country Park in January this year for "The Three Parishes Walk" there were lots of green shoots on the bank near the steps leading up to Beggars Walk (behind Derby Lodge) but these developed into a sea of white snowdrops.
Horsepool Hill Woodland

More green shoots nearby in Horsepool Hill Woodland have also burst into flower and the woodland floor is dotted not only with snowdrops but also that famous host of golden daffodils.
Camellia House Gardens

On the other side of Ilkeston at Wollaton Park there are acres and acres of green grass on the rolling landscape but someone has been busy tending the flower beds outside the Camellia House.
Wollaton Hall

Daffodils at Wollaton were not as plentiful as I had anticipated but I did spot a few in the shadow of the Hall.
Victoria Park Beds

Flower beds in Victoria Park have also come in for some tender care both at the main entrances and here in the centre of the park.
100s & 1000s

But the pièce de résistance in Victoria Park at this time of year surely has to be the hundreds and thousands of crocuses that line the border onto Bristol Road. Sadly this display is fast disappearing as time passes.
Erewash Canal

There is quite an attractive spot down by the Erewash Canal too but I find it a sad reflection on society that it has been necessary for someone to post notices on the trees requesting people not to pick the flowers!
Colour Of Spring

It's perhaps not surprising though as heads have been pulled or kicked off daffodils that were flowering in green areas near the town centre. To paraphrase the old saying, we should leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures - and this particular picture certainly shows the primary colour of spring.

Another colour that is fast becoming prominent is the pink of the blossom on some of the trees like this one on The Crescent in Stapleford. The tree-lined street has several like this but here too we can see a cluster of daffodils and the yellow forsythia peeping over the wall on the left - all sure signs of spring.

It's been a relatively mild winter but even now there is still a slight possibility of snow and ground frosts are not out of the question. This time last year we visited Alvaston Park in Derby on a bitterly cold day at the end of March but if we take our lead from nature this year, it must be "Spring, Spring, Spring". All I have to do now to finally prove it, is find a busy barnyard!

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