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In three week’s time we will turn the corner, rounding out the depths of winter and back towards the light, towards bright spring days and long summer evenings.  There’s so much to love about this time of year and I really truly do love it, but at the same time and mostly from a photography perspective I miss the sunshine.

It’s those days where it never gets bright enough to turn the light off, when the camera sits on the table untouched, because you know that any picture you take is either going to be grainy or blurry. It’s probably rather obvious but I really love taking photos. Lots of them, probably most of them are utterly rubbish, but every now and then I capture a little moment that just sums up our daily life so completely, and the joy I get from that photo makes me want to rush out and take a whole load more and I’ll admit it gets a little frustrating when everything is so dark.

But that’s the joy of living in a country with seasons. Perhaps if I lived in California with perfect light and gorgeous sunshine every single day I wouldn’t value and treasure the sunshine quite as much as I do. Hang on, what am I saying, if I lived in California I’d be far too busy falling off a surfboard to be worrying about much else.

But as we are in England and as we do see weeks of grey and rain in the winter it means that at the first sign of a glimmer of blue sky there’s only one place to go. Out.

Which in our case tends to mean a trip to the park.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And after days of heading out in the rain, or facing cold blustery winds as soon as we turn the corner from the house to head out into the soft still warmth of a sunny late autumn afternoon was absolutely bliss.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We had the park almost entirely to ourselves as the sun slowly dropped down behind the village.  And as it did a low soft white mist crept towards us across the playing fields.  It was beautiful and slightly magical, glinting in the sun as it rose from the grass, and then, like in all good fairy tales, we took our eyes off it for a moment to push the swings, the sun went down, and when we looked again it had vanished.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


And it was time to say goodbye to the slide, goodbye to the roundabout, goodbye to the birds swirling overhead, sf of course, goodbye to the swings,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

because it just wouldn’t be Monday without the swings!

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  • Kimberly 01/12/2014 at 8:29 am

    I know exactly what you mean about not using your camera in the winter. We only have 3-4 hours of daylight for months and I get in a picture taking slump. Once spring comes and the light comes back I have my camera out all the time.
    I loved your pictures at the park. They look magical!

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:38 pm

      I’m so glad it’s not just me! Here’s hoping that our daylight hours have lots of sunshine in them this winter!

  • Molly 01/12/2014 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful words and beautiful photos. That light is lovely, I feel like I just took a trip to the park with you! I know what you mean about the darkness. I love this time of year (January is my worst month!) but I do miss the light. It makes me feel even more tired than I already am I think.

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:41 pm

      Oh I think it definitely messes with the body clock – it’s so much easier to jump out of bed in the summer when you can already see that it’s going to be a gorgeous day 🙂

  • Brandi 01/12/2014 at 11:26 am

    I worked so hard at taking pictures in low light last winter that I struggled with all the sunshine come spring! Not enjoying it, just getting my exposure right! It is such a high, though, when you can capture just what you envision! Looks like you caught a lovely trip to the park!

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:43 pm

      Maybe I should make that my mission for the winter, to really work on capturing low light pictures and accepting the limitations it puts on photography and just not trying to get everything bright and sunshiney – we’ll have to see how that goes!

  • Vickie 01/12/2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’m finding it tough to use the camera at the moment too. Everything is all so dark and dreary and my ISO setting only goes up so far. The only upside is that occasionally you can catch beautiful low light and flare, like in your last picture. 🙂

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:49 pm

      I don’t really like taking my ISO past 1000, it just ends up very grainy, but looking out the window I think I’m about to get a whole heap of practice at low light pictures!

  • carolina 01/12/2014 at 1:50 pm

    It is funny how the grass is always greener on the other side! I live in Venezuela, and we have perfect weather… spring all year round… You could not imagine how I long for a change in scenery and a change in wardrove! It would be so cool to wear a sweater once in a while! haha That little girl of yours is adorable!!!! great pics too!

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:07 pm

      Definitely grass is always greener – feel free to send some of that sunshine in our direction 🙂 I’ll swap you some wind and rain and a touch of frost!

  • Jenny 01/12/2014 at 2:06 pm

    I am really struggling with light and winter time. Well let me rephrase that probably just struggling period with photography. I have all these ideas in my head and I went to manual awhile back but for some reason I am not appreciating my photos like I used to. I thought I was making progress and I seem to be regressing now. These look amazing. You seem to have capture exactly what you were wanting which is the best feeling ever. Lovely photos Carie. So beautiful. #livingarrows

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:05 pm

      Oh I know what you mean – you can see how you want it to look but you just can’t translate it to the camera – I think I’ll always be learning – and then I look back on my pictures from a few years ago and can see I’ve made progress. Baby steps all the way 🙂

  • Louise 01/12/2014 at 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous photos of your trip to the park – especially the second one 🙂

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:04 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 01/12/2014 at 3:00 pm

    Gorgeous pics, love the pink!! xx

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:03 pm

      thank you – it’s a good pink isn’t it – the perfect match to her coat and waterproofs!

  • hena tayeb 01/12/2014 at 3:53 pm

    lovely photos. we have a week of rain forecast here 🙁
    But yes, when that sun does decide to show its face we try to cherish every moment of it.

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:02 pm

      I’ve started to be quite obsessed with the weather forecast looking for every hint of blue sky I can find!

  • sally 03/12/2014 at 1:43 am

    I’m struggling with the light and photos too, it’s just so easy in the Summer! I miss it! But you do seem to be making the most of those rare blue sky moments.

  • sally 03/12/2014 at 1:43 am

    I’m struggling with the light and photos too, it’s just so easy in the Summer! I miss it! But you do seem to be making the most of those rare blue sky moments.

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂 – it really does make you very thankful for the summer when it comes doesn’t it – oh well, in 20 days the days will be getting longer again – summer will be here before we know it!

  • Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) 03/12/2014 at 10:04 pm

    I know what you mean – so many of my photos seem to be taken indoors at this time of year and the light is just rubbish. I really need to make more effort to take the camera out on the occasion we do get some sunshine! You managed to get some great photos here though – and I love that hat!