The Call of The Wild

‘In all things of nature there is something marvellous’. Francesca considers how to do it justice in her writing.

Spring has sprung, and although the weather on some days is better than others, the variety of weather we’ve experienced in the UK recently has been amazing to behold. So far we’ve had warm sun, freezing snow, mysterious fog, and torrential rain. What a mixture. But none of it has held back the inevitable gallop of nature as so many plants and trees blossom and fill the land with colour and texture.

Whenever I’m faced with some marvel of nature and am in a position to do so, I like to jot down my impressions. These can include colours, scents, textures and sounds. The view could be vivid or bleak, close up or distant. The landscape might be muddy, dry, smooth, rough, scraggy or lush, bright or shadowy. Or be a waterscape, whether sea, lake or pond.

When I need to describe a natural scene in a story, whether someone’s walking by the sea, strolling in a wood, sitting on a mountain or resting in the garden, referring back to my notes, made during a firsthand experience, renders it so much easier.

I also find taking endless photographs of all sorts of settings is invaluable. Here are just a few. I hope they’ll inspire you too.

In all things of nature there is something marvellous (Aristotle)


Wallflowers are anything but with their colour and scent

Sunshine and shadow

How green was my valley?

Pecked earth, feathers and a bit stinky

Layers, textures and shades of red and yellow

Warm sand, hard rock, cool water and lush greenery on the way to the sea.


The rippling, reflective water of a loch

An eerie sky

Peering into the hazy distance

What colour is that sky? Cerulean, azure, ultramarine? What sound does walking over the cobbles produce?



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2 thoughts on “The Call of The Wild

  1. I loved the pictures, and your imaginative comments on them, Francesca . I do so agree with you that an awareness of nature can be blended into writing, and it was a strong element in the Romantic Movement in Literature. Modern writers do the same. For example, the crime writer, Anne Cleeves, conveys a vivid sense of place in her novels with some fine descriptive writing.

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