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It's a Beautiful World

The nature that surrounds us is awe-inspiring, it lifts our spirits when we are feeling low and creates some incredible feelings.


The set of images I will post here were all created in different places across the northwest of England and each holds special memories for me.


Let's start at home, on the lush green summer grass. Daisies are one of my favourite flowers, I just love their simplicity, their ability to pop up here, there, and everywhere, and they just make you feel calm and relaxed.

Daisies on lush green grass in the garden

Water can also be a really calming influence and a still pond with a mirror-like surface is a joy to behold.


Anyone of a certain age will remember the halcyon days of the pond and fountain up at Haigh Hall. Sadly these days the pond is showing its years and as the park transforms, it seems to be from a different era.


However, the water still holds life.

Water lillies on a calm pond

Out and about on my travels, I don't mind a little bit of rain, in fact, sometimes I prefer it over hot and sultry summer days.


This next image was captured on a stroll through Haigh Country park as the showers covered all the leaves in droplets of rain.


I just loved how the leaf presented itself.

Rain drops on a green leaf

Of course, as beautiful as it is, the green lush foliage is not the only wonderful thing that the countryside can offer.


Sometimes the dead and dying can offer up just as much.


This tree is located on a narrow road to the north of Coppull on the way to Eccleston and always captures my eye.


Is it dead or just in really poor health, I'm not sure, but against the green fields and blue sky it creates something to stare at.

Gnarly tree with a blue sky behind it

Looking at nature from afar can give you a real sense of amazement, but when you get up close and personal with it, then it can be just as amazing.


I took this next image up in the Lake District on a path up towards one of the small tarns nestled between the hills.


It had been a hot and dry summer and the path was wearing away, unearthing the tree roots searching out for moisture and nourishment.

Tree roots across a dried path

The final image in this series comes closer to home on a brick wall near Wigan Park - taken in wintertime, it shows how the branches twist and turn in impossible directions.


I love how it contorts to grow and to continue to live.

Twisted braches next to a brick wall

It really is a beautiful world, so go out there and enjoy it.

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