For garden photographers, this time of year is tough. The weather is unpredictable. Trees are not yet in bloom, and the earth remains stubbornly bare. We spend so much time longing for the fresh flowering of spring that we can overlook what’s actually out there.
At times like this, you have to get thinking and be creative around the available subjects. This is good, because it challenges the eye and your capacity to see beyond the mundane.
For this one-hour project, I decided to focus on texture. It encourages you to experiment, concentrate on composition and fill the frame.
It also works in monochrome.
I decided to go in close.
There were welcome bursts of colour in among the autumnal tones.
At this point the British weather let me down, and it began to rain. I retreated to a cafe for tea and cake, and watched blackbirds flit from tree to tree, droplets on feathers, escaping the drizzle. Crows came to the terrace, unfazed by the damp, hopping between the tables.
Even when the sky is white and warmth seems an aeon away, you can still find joy in the burgeoning buds and promise of what is to come. It was only an hour – but sometimes that’s all you need to capture the tranquil essence of the season.