Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Shades of Green



Like oxygen feeds a fire, the heavy rain that has fallen in the last couple of days has fueled the spring foliage into a flashover of green.


Can you have too much green? Photographer

James Ravilious thought so and preferred to shoot his Devon landscape photographs in black and white for that reason.

Green green grass

After waiting impatiently for spring to eventually arrive, I’d forgotten just how verdant (or bilious) the landscape can become in a matter of days

Wet grass 1

Farmers turning cattle out into such lushness, need to be vigilant cows and sheep can be struck down by  a condition called ‘grass staggers’ a magnesium deficiency and it can kill in a matter of hours. Not nice.

Wet grass


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Shades of Green

  1. I’m always amazed at how fast everything greens up in the spring. You’d think by this time I’d ceased to be surprised by it, yet I still find it pretty awesome.

    Lovely shots. And after what seemed like a long winter, I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much green.

  2. Imagine – it’s possible to die of an abundance of spring. Maybe it’s luckier than I know to live in an autumn sort of place. But, ah, that green fire is glorious.

  3. I don’t think you can have too much green in Spring, there are so many variations and it’s often leavened by blossom – blackthorn, hawthorn etc I’d noticed the sudden explosion of leaves and grass over the last couple of days too.

  4. Such lovely spring-time captures!

  5. Living in Western Washington we are green all year – though the green of new leaves in the spring is a special green, highlighting the evergreens that are, of course, green the year round. There is a strange thing that happens here – before the leaves come out all the trees are covered in yellow-ish catkins – full of pollen and so the woods are yellow from a distance. I call it the WA yellow spring. thne slowely the leaves replace the catkins and the world turns to its proper shade of green. Coming from California we never saw this yellow in the spring before – it is hard to get used to – so I just wait until the leaves are out and then it is officially spring to me.

    And the pollen covers everything – our car has puddles of pollen on it – and the red color of the car is a mushy yellowish orange – and hard to wash off too after a dewy night. Just give me green leaves to start with and I’ll be happy.

  6. There seems to be an opinion among certain photography buffs that black & white is somehow superior – more “artistic” – than colour. They mutter darkly about the difficulty of “controlling” the colours when they compose a picture.

    To me, this is nonsense. The reason why photographers shot in black and white was because in the early days they didn’t have colour film. In my opinion, colour is superior in every way to “artistic” monochrome.

    The only way you could have “too much green” in your photo is if there were “too much green” in nature: an obvious nonsense.

    I wouldn’t want to deprive people of the right to photograph in monochrome if they wish and if it makes them feel nicely superior but for me it is colour, colour and colour.

    Did I mention that I prefer to take photos in colour? 🙂

  7. I really like the second photo!
    By the way the ‘grass staggers’ link doesn’t! xx

  8. I like the dew on the grass Uphill. This has inspired me to go out running tonight with my camera and take some close up pictures of the bluebells. Just what I needed.

  9. I love your site. Your pictures are amazing and your commentary takes me there on your adventures. I have added you as a blog I follow, thanks for lovely site! ~ER~

  10. I love the green at this time of year – somehow it just seems to fresh and is obviously so ‘new’. It’s just so welcome and is almost like a tease of things yet to come.

    Possibly am experiencing one of my most favourite times of year, and am sure that green is good for my soul!

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