joanna paterson

birds, flowers & landscapes, in words & pictures


The Light of this Day

One of the biggest gifts of photography, for me, is that it teaches me to notice and appreciate the light. The way it falls, the way it moves and changes, the way it throws shadows, and the way it illuminates. I find when I try and think back on a year I am taken instead […]

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What a Gift

Boots. Ice grippers to stop me from falling. A path from my door that leads to a nature reserve in a disused quarry. Ten minutes walk, and no need to drive on ice. Blue skies, and brilliant sunshine. A camera that fits in my pocket. It being Sunday morning. The thickness of the frost, hanging […]

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A Touch of Frost

The weather has been turning. After weeks of gentle sunshine, autumn shook itself into winter with winds and rain. Suddenly the trees are bare, silhouette gorgeous, and reminding me again how much I love the aesthetics of winter, if not the absence of light. Yesterday we had a first scattering of snow, and the leaves […]

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The Edge of the Flowers

The early autumn here has been beautiful, weeks and weeks it feels like of dry sunny weather, and all the light we didn’t get in the summer. Warm too – last Sunday, the first of November, I was picnicking on the side of a hill in jeans and t-shirt! I confess though, there’s something about […]

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Painted Sky

The gift of a wildly streaked sky – especially when your heart is weary.

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