Mellow Yellow!

Nature blossomed beautifully in her mellow yellow form and in all her glory, on Saturday, she couldn’t help but seize the opportunity in this photo moment I captured to show that she was in high spirits for the Royal Wedding Celebration.

Did you get out and photograph the landscape and nature in her finest form on Saturday during the Royal Wedding Celebration?

Please tell me. I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Silky Spring!

As well as yesterday’s Royal Wedding Celebration, this silky plant caught my eye, and it reminded me of a four-leaf clover in some aspects, like it was a plant to symbolise luck in disguise.

Nature is a beautiful sight! She blossoms comfortable silk in this plant and you cannot help but think that it’s a blessing to see Mother Nature in her finest glory.

Does Mother Nature fascinate you?

Did yesterday’s Royal Wedding Celebration get you in the Silky Spring mood to go out and soak in the beautiful sunny weather?

I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Gracious Greenery!

The weather continues to be wonderful as ever as it’s been nice and warm and I couldn’t resist photographing the natural landscapes and trees whilst I was on my way to work and on my way home from work.

Below are more than 200 photos I took whilst I was on my journey to work, including the photos I took whilst on my way home from work.

It was graciously green today and it was so nice and warm, so much so that I actually decided to walk to work and from work rather than get the bus to work and from work for a change. The sunglasses came out today and because of the lovely weather, it felt good to walk to work and from work while the hot weather was about, with a breeze in the air to make the weather feel more relaxing and peaceful.

Did you enjoy the wonderful weather? Please tell me.

If you enjoyed this photo-set I produced of Mother Nature showing off the gracious greenery of Spring with weather that feels like Summer, please tell me.

I would love to hear your responses.

Alex Smithson

Device Used: iPhone 7

Welcome to May!

Welcome to May! What a great start to the month! After a week of showers, the sunny weather came back just in time for the first day of May.

Over the course of the next few weeks, things will be so much busier than usual as I’ll be working and completing work-related documents, which means that I won’t be able to use some of the free time to publish articles, but will be making sure that full priority comes first where my job comes in, but if there is a little bit of free time available, then I will try and publish as and when I can.

Hopefully, we will get more of this lovely sunny and warm weather over the coming weeks, but if you’re a hayfever suffer, like me, you’ll be cautious of the pollen count as we approach Summer, so it’s safe to say we all need to prepare ourselves for when it gets warmer and eventually humid, as hayfever season is here, but we shan’t take hayfever season lying down.

Also, beware of pesky insects and use a bug zapper to get rid of any crane-flies and wasps if you have one because they are the worst insects. Crane-flies make my skin crawl, which is why I kill them with a bug zapper, but wasps are definitely the worst, though a can of fly and wasp killer or a bug zapper usually does the trick. Be on your guard for huge spiders because the daddy-long-legged spiders are enough to make your skin crawl, especially in warm weather.

Until then, Welcome to May!

Alex Smithson

 

Monthly Roundup: April 2018

The time flew really fast this month, though it’s been a quiet and tough couple of weeks for me considering I lost another close friend of mine after the beginning of this month, which is why things have been rather quiet on here lately.

I’m getting a lot stronger now but will be making sure to stay strong for my friend as I know she would want for me to be happy and to be strong for her.

I’ll take a quick look-back at the articles published over April.

1.4.2018 – As the next few weeks were set to be very busy, this meant I wouldn’t publish as much due to work, but that I would try to find the time now and then over the course of April to see if I could publish some articles when the free time becomes available.

On the same day, I officially published a new landing page for the photography series: “The Concept of Expression” as I wanted to make sure the photography series gets its own designated page.

5.4.2018 – After much hype, anticipation, rumours and a social media storm that sparked frenzy about the iconic roast master following the success of Activision’s reboot of the bestselling original Crash Bandicoot trilogy with Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro the Dragon finally marked his comeback in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which, just like the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, comes with fully remastered versions of all three of the original Spyro games originally produced by Insomniac Games.

6.4.2018 – Since the start of 2018, the rise in knife crime has worsened, as it was revealed that more than 50 lives were lost, with most of the stabbings taking place in the space of the week commencing Monday 2nd April 2018.

14.4.2018 – It was an emotional rollercoaster, and I was away for a whole week as I paid my respects to a close friend of mine of two years who passed away on the 6th April. I chose to not publish anything for a week as I needed to come to terms with losing my close friend suddenly, but also so that I could process the news better. I paid tribute to my close friend by publishing a tribute that featured a photograph I produced of the moon with inspiration from Bruno Mars‘ ballad, Talking to the Moon.

15.4.2018 – Societies nowadays, especially now, expect you to suppress your real emotions to build an image of emotions that they expect of you. In this case, you put on a face where you look happy to everyone else, and that you are made to look like you can make it alone, but deep down, you feel broken, torn up inside, and you feel the true pain where you have been forced to suppress your real emotions because societies want you to look strong, when in reality, you are strong, but they feel the need to nitpick and make you feel like you’re weak for showing the real emotions you were born with.

21.4.2018 – Whilst on my way to work, I couldn’t resist seizing the opportunity to photograph mother nature in her finest form.

29.4.2018 – A week before, the United Kingdom baked in hot and muggy weather, with temperatures soaring to nearly 30°c.

Thanks for a great month, everyone. I’ll see you all in May.

It has been an emotional time for me mainly, but I’m feeling a lot stronger now and I’m coping better now compared to how I’ve been feeling in recent weeks, but I’ll try and find some time when I can to publish more and to make sure to get the best out of the time available as my friend would want me to go out and make sure to value every single day and to make sure to value the precious time wisely.

Alex Smithson

The Natural Wonders of Spring.

Last week saw the United Kingdom bake in hot and muggy weather, with temperatures soaring to nearly 30°c.

The hot, muggy and beautiful Spring weather came after a few months of heavy rain and recent snowfall.

It did feel good to ditch the coat for a change considering how hot the weather was last week, though I hope the warm weather returns again soon, as I want to get out and enjoy the warm weather more now that Summer is almost here.

How did you find last week’s baking hot weather? Did you enjoy it while it lasted?

I would love to hear your response.

Alex Smithson

Spring! You Beauty!

Whilst on my way to work, I couldn’t resist seizing the opportunity to photograph mother nature in her finest form.

Her charismatic beauty brought about the sunny weather, the warmth of the world and the beauty of colour made her boldly shine through and her vibrant and positive energy shone through.

Did you enjoy the lovely, warm and sunny Spring weather?

Please tell me. I would love to hear if you soaked in the sun and made the most of the wonderful outdoors.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to April!

Welcome to April! As the days begin to get brighter over the next few weeks and the days lasting longer, it’s safe to say that the next few weeks will not only be busier, but the time will be a little slower than usual.

As the weather is set to improve over the next few weeks, make sure you wrap up warm if the Beast from the East returns as there is a possible chance of snow, but hopefully, if we do suddenly get a blanket of snow, hopefully the wintry weather shouldn’t last too long considering that Spring is here and the warm weather is slowly but surely returning.

As there are a very busy couple of weeks ahead, it’s safe to say I won’t be publishing as much due to work, but I’ll be trying to find the time now and then over the next few weeks to see if I can publish some articles when I get the free time available. On the plus side, as Summer is approaching, it’s safe to say that the time will fly and it will be a lot warmer than last year.

Until then, Welcome to April and have a Happy Easter!

Alex Smithson

Manic Monday

It sure was a manic start to the week! With snow over the weekend, anyone like myself getting into work was a little bit of a challenge in itself considering the roads were a little icy, but the pavements were more or less clear of the snowfall.

It was good to see the sun come out after a few days, but either way, I’m still wrapping up warm tomorrow just to be safe in the event of the snow returning to try again for some more.

It’s no wonder the transport system was experiencing total chaos over the weekend, but hopefully, the level of transport shouldn’t be too chaotic considering I’m going up to Oxford Street tomorrow, but today was a great day despite the weather.

Is it still snowing where you are? Is it raining where you are? Is it sunny where you are? I would love to hear your responses. The Bangles‘ record: “Manic Monday“, written by the late music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, was what inspired me to write this article with the same name.

Alex Smithson

Snowdrop Sunday

Back for another go, the Beast from the East decides to blanket the United Kingdom with more snow and freezing cold temperatures.

Travel disruption is currently affected, with air traffic also experiencing some disruption as a result of this horrendous weather. Who would have thought it? Just when this weather was going and we were getting a hint of the lovely and warm Spring weather, the snow decides to return for another run of disruption.

I just hope this wintry weather doesn’t hamper my chances of travelling up to Oxford Street on Tuesday, as I would prefer for there to be sunny weather on the day and I just pray that the train services run at full speed when I head to Oxford Street, as I don’t want to be stranded like I was the other week when I went to Oxted & Hurst Green because there were no rail replacement buses in place.

If it’s snowing where you are, please wrap up warm and stay safe if you’re out on the roads, but let’s hope this wintry weather is the last we’ll see of it for some time.

Alex Smithson