The one-hour project: early spring

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.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

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.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

For this one-hour project, I decided to focus on texture. It encourages you to experiment, concentrate on composition and fill the frame.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

It also works in monochrome.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

I decided to go in close.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

There were welcome bursts of colour in among the autumnal tones.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

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.

© Lisa Cordaro Photography
© Lisa Cordaro Photography

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.

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