St. Mark's Churchyard, Oval, London, SE11

It started off with lovely little clumps of snow flurrying through the air, but it wasn’t long before each falling clump became wetter and wetter, and all too soon there was just a barrage of common raindrops. Sloppy streets and even sloppier patches of muddy earth rapidly evolved. There was a general vibe of sogginess in the air.

But as we know, every puddle is worth investigating; many a murky depth conceals some kind of hidden gem.

And so it was.

Three tiny grasses keeping their heads above water, whilst their sodden world ripples perfectly around them and the trees tower above.

A welcome distraction from the freezing dribbles sneaking into my sleeves and trickling down my neck.

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  1. Tim Jones says:

    Lovely, Anna, and thanks for your talent in drawing our attention to small scale living wonders.

    I got this by email alert, and cross-posted to my Facebook timeline, where I said…

    St Mark’s churchyard is one of the local green spaces I like to cycle through regularly, and a good source of black corvid primary flight feathers, since it’s also a favourite hangout for the Kennington crows. Thanks to the green observational genius of local photographer Anna Hillman, it’s also the site of this wee gem of urban greenness.

    For more of Anna’s wonderful Sarf Lahndahn pix, please see…
    » http://amazingness.com/blog/

  2. Tim Jones says:

    Although not revealed in this photo, we’ve known since Antonie “the Father of Microbiology” van Leeuwenhoek first put a drop of pond water under the first microscope, that the reflective water in ‘SPLISH’ is teeming with microbial life.
    » about – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonie_van_Leeuwenhoek

    So in that sense, this photo puts me in mind of that amazing 1955 lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher called…
    • Three Worlds
    » about – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Worlds_%28M._C._Escher%29

    ‘Three Worlds’ in it’s turn has inspired me to take similar photos that tap into the still-water-reflecting-trees-&-sky, and to upload the latest one:
    • AquaMirror
    — Cleaver Square, Kennington, SE11, 12:38 16 Dec 2012
    » photo – http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200106922572409&set=a.1195413122065.2031328.1130574526
    » location map – http://goo.gl/maps/yww1B

    Here’s another of my recent still-water-reflecting-trees-&-sky photo:
    • Lakeside Reflections 2 — at Ruislip Lido
    » http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3873461471600&set=a.3873432390873.2167371.1130574526

    Share and Enjoy, Peace-&-Love, Tim

  3. Louise Downham says:

    This is so lovely, Anna!

  4. kininvie says:

    Hi Anna, I’m missing your posts..hope you’re OK?

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