March sunlight

Why do we respond to variations in light in such an extreme way? A March day can be not too cold, not too breezy, quite pleasant to work outside, the dull sky casts a flat light with detail smudged and contrast turned down.

Then the next day all is the same except – the clouds clear and the light is stronger and has direction…

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..detail intensifies, new depths appear – and the heart lifts:

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Meanwhile resident Mr Pheasant seems to have lost his faloorum

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His ladies are looking elsewhere for stimulation

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Up here, at the peanut feeder, waiting for the tits bits

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They say ducks are random layers, dropping them anywhere – at the bottom of the pool, in the hedgerow – but our three layers seem very organised, taking turns to share a communal nest – and all before they get up in the morning:

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