Archive for February, 2021

Something with legs: I noticed this large, faded ladybird/ladybug decoration on the wall of an old house in Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff

I have signed up again for the Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Eileen at A Bracelet of Days – details here. I am struggling to find something for every category by the end of March, but here are my latest meagre offerings. (more…)

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Edwardian drinking fountain in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

As I visit my favourite Lombardy poplar in Victoria Park every month for a tree following blog post, I am taking snapshots of everything else in the park on these trips as well. In these Covid times I don’t get out much. Here are my February snaps… (more…)

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The top of the Lombardy poplar in Victoria Park against cold clouds


It has been a cold week with some light snow and sleet but I think I chose the best day, on Wednesday, to visit the tree I am following this year. It’s a Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

On a sunny morning I set off in my new padded jacket, which kept me very snug as snow flurried in the icy air.

Here are my snaps – mostly concentrating on the bark of the tree before my attention is taken later in the year by leafiness, I hope. (more…)

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A tall street tree – probably birch?


It’s that time again for the monthly tree-following link box, which will stay open for your tree-related links until 7pm GMT on February 14.

Here in Cardiff the days grow slightly longer but “as the days lengthen the cold strengthens”. We have had lots of rain this month, some pleasant days and a smattering of snow for one day only. The temperatures are forecast to be around freezing all this next week.

At some point I must force myself to walk to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home.

It was wonderful in January to welcome some new tree followers and hopefully our regulars will also have something to report despite the coronavirus lockdown. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

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