A happy morning in the Old Cemetery, Southampton Common

DSC_0121DSC_0121_1 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200, ISO 200, f11, 1/40
It was a rather chilly and breezy morning, but that didn’t trouble me at all because I had my splendid new flask with me as I set forth to wave good morning to my friends at the Cemetery Lake. One or two of the tufted ducks were having bad hair days, but otherwise all seemed well there.DSC_0092 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200, ISO 1250, f6.3, 1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0078 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200, ISO1250, f6.3,1/640 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0155 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon macro lens, ISO400, f10, 1/80 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

My next stop, the Old Cemetery is beginning to have a real Spring feel to it, with crocuses everywhere and numerous clumps of snowdrops. However, there was also a highish wind chill factor and some unforgivingly cold showers. Luckily, there are plenty of trees for me to shelter under, and equipped with my new flask I was able to relax in relative comfort until the rain passed by. There was a party of primary school children touring the Cemetery and one or two of the teachers gave me uncertain sidelong glances. I wasn’t sure if this was because I have decided that buying new coat at the end of January is admitting defeat to winter, and, as a consequence, am walking around looking rather like a scarecrow, or because they were envious of my warm drink. In deference to their suffering I hid my biscuits until after they had gone by, as I didn’t have enough to share, and it seemed cruel to eat them in full view of those who probably would have liked one.

DSC_0131 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 18-200, ISO 400, f10, 1/8 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
DSC_0213 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon macro lens, ISO 500, f10, 1/100  To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
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Once the rain had abated and I had eaten my biscuits I proceeded on my tour of the anticipation of spring. To my delight, I came across three daffodils in bloom. This, on top of my warming beverage and biscuits, meant that the day was heading to the incredibly good end of the scale. I grovelled around for a while, trying to get a shot that would, despite the breeze, do the daffodils justice.

DSC_0266 copyTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon macro lens, ISO 800, f10, 1/125 To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link

It was beginning to rain again as I left the Common, but I was in an upbeat frame of mind. In addition to all the other pleasing events of the morning, a super moon was scheduled to appear later in the day, and, weather permitting, there was a chance that I would get to see it.

DSC_0038bTaken using Nikon D5500, Nikon 70-300 lens, ISO 1600, f11,1/80

As it turned out, I did not view the super moon from the Common, but from a nearby Sustrans boardwalk that runs between the River Itchen and the railway line. This last photo therefore has nothing to do with the Common, but it was quite fun trying to hold my camera still on its tripod as cyclists sped by on the wooden boards and trains did the same thing a few yards away, so here it is. The moon rising over Midanbury, with a generous helping of camera shake thrown in for good measure!

 

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