A beautiful day here today, blue sky and sunshine - perfect for driving up through the Cotswolds into Oxfordshire with the good company of a friend and plenty of interesting chatter.
I love the way that, from a distance, a the clean white heads all bob in the breeze. But a closer look inside and all kinds of surprises await. I didn't realise that there are yellow snowdrops until today.
The perfect patterns formed by these tiny petals and the delicate variations in shade, shape, formation and texture of the leaves -every small feature noted and appreciated.
Everyone was introduced like a familiar old friend and I was delighted to meet each of them. I'll notice these little details when next I'm looking at snowdrops, for sure, but I'll need a pencil and paper if I am to have any chance of remembering all their names!
I think this is "South Hayes".
Though the snowdrops are undoubtedly my favourites, there were other little beauties looking lovely in the sunshine. I thought the patterns on these tiny iris quite incredible and the hellebores grow in such a remarkable range of soft colours that a bowl full of them won their place as my photo of the day.
Last but not least, another snow-white beauty which stopped bobbing in the breeze long enough for me to take a photograph.