weekly photo challenge: unexpected

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The snow that fell last week is just starting to melt, although we did have a fresh fall overnight and this morning. Yesterday was a perfect winter day; cold, but with bright sunshine and a clear blue sky.

We went for a walk up the hill to the next hamlet, and we were very surprised to find these scabious flowers emerging from the melting snow, apparently non the worse for being buried for several days.

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I love these little flowers. They’re such a beautiful pale amethyst colour, and they’ve been flowering in the garden and on the verges since early summer. Even once the flowers are over, the seed heads are very striking, as you can see from the photos. Yesterday they were an unexpected, and very welcome, reminder of summer amidst the snow.


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