A short one from me this week as I've been otherwise engaged - both mentally and physically. The week started out with fear and dread aplenty, but ended with the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Thanks for your lovely comments and messages last week.
Before I start, a disclaimer: I'm not in the habit of wilfully causing destruction to nature or, more precisely, setting fire to plants. However, the celebrated photographer Rankin is less gardener, more fire starter when it comes to flowers and frequently torches them in the name of art. As darkly beautiful as they may look in flames, I have always declined to, preferring to wait until I spotted a bent dandelion stalk and only then, decided to put this to the test and the dandelion out of its misery. Moreover, if ever there was a period in time that deserved to go up in flames, for me, it was the last 7 days.
Securing the camera on a tripod on manual, I checked that my camera was set to "burst" mode, ensured it was in focus, triple checked my camera settings and asked Gareth to do the honours with a match.
Don't try this at home. They go up in a nanosecond - literally a case of "blink and you'd miss it." Going...