Spring is well and truly here ( along with lots of April showers!) , so on Sunday I took my Ladybird Book ‘ What To Look For In Spring’ out and about for an impromptu Photo Shoot. Ladybird Books were part of my childhood, though it is only in the last couple of years that I have started collecting the What To Look For series. Now I have all four seasons, I think I will expand my collection to include some of the other Nature titles. 🙂 It was interesting to compare the pictures in the book ( beautifully illustrated by naturalistic painter Charles Tunnicliffe) with life in the countryside today.
My photos are from two walks I did with the dog ( and Wil!) in my local area. I’ve included a few written extracts found in ‘What To Look For In Spring’ along with my pictures. 🙂 This Ladybird book was published in 1961.
‘By the first week of April the lambs that were born in February are large enough to enjoy springtime games. The blackthorn is now in full blossom’
The lambs I saw were catching the sun’s rays and the lacey blackthorn blossoms are indeed in full bloom.
‘Growing amongst the roots of the tree are violets and lesser celandine.Dead leaves have gathered here and decayed , giving nourishment to the roots of the violets which like soft humus.’
I’m not sure what soft humus is, but it seems to be true…..
‘ Magpies are wily birds and it is extremely difficult to get near enough to shoot them, but many countrymen do so when they can, and feel they have done a good deed.’
Hmmm not sure country folk go round shooting Magpies, but some do salute them!
‘In a woodland opening we find wood-anemones which spread by underground stems and are consequently all close together.’
Saw carpets of these pretty white flowers in the woods.:)
It was the perfect day for a walk up a country lane with views of Pendle Hill, its slopes looking almost gentle from this distance.
‘We know that March will soon be followed by April-when windows can be opened again,and hedgehogs and dormice can end their hibernation and enjoy the sunshine.With Spring comes the greatest wonder of the year-possibly even more beautiful than Summer.’
I certainly agree that Spring is full of wonder. Every day new flowers appear and life is springing up everywhere. If you have a ladybird book or any nature publication from the past, why not see how wildlife compares ,then and now.Let me know how you get on. X