Spring erupts… slowly

Part three – The transition from winter to spring presents limited photographic opportunities but tells an important part of the changes in seasons through the year on the estate

Winters have been getting increasingly milder in recent years and the seasons aren’t following their normal pattern. The first signs of spring appeared in early March, not long after the short-lived snowfall, and very quickly gathered momentum. Heralded by the arrival of snowdrops – usually the first sign of the impending end of winter – daffodils, buds and the return of a green landscape slowly followed. There are still cold spells though, as Arctic winds make their last visits of winter, bringing with them occasional frosts.

The most noticeable moment – a tactile arrival of spring – is when the sun changes from pleasant winter sunshine to suddenly carrying a warmth and intensity which reaches below the skin’s surface and into your bones.

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.