Your pictures: Growth

image sourceDavid Bradbury
image captionEach week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "growth", and we begin with this picture by David Bradbury of the beach at Lytham St Annes in north-west England.
image sourceAnna Sobotka
image captionAnna Sobotka: "The picture was taken in Arches National Park in Utah. The tree was strikingly growing out of a rock."
image sourceNancy Wynn-Sumner
image captionNancy Wynn-Sumner: "Home-grown white currants."
image source Jenny Downing
image captionJenny Downing: "I'd never thought why poppies were so called until I saw this one, quite literally, bursting into bloom."
image sourceDuncan McCafferty
image captionDuncan McCafferty: "After getting home from work and eager to play with my camera, I glanced around my room to see my mushroom-themed nightlight, and instantly thought of this image, so I jumped in to my dark and dusty cupboard with nothing but these mushrooms for light and took this photo that I feel captures the subject of growth accurately."
image sourceCatherine Hill
image captionCatherine Hill: "Here is some amazing fungus growing on a log in the Tarkine Wilderness [Tasmania]."
image sourceIrene Vanikiotis
image captionIrene Vanikiotis: "Human hands reveal our journey through time, and in my eyes our personal growth alongside our body's growth. My grandmother was about 90 years old when this was taken in 2012 (I say 'about' as we don't know her exact birthday - she tells me that the village mayor had some issues with alcohol and he would write down random dates and sexes for the newborns) in her kitchen, cleaning up after a delicious meal, Athens."
image sourceTracey Robilliard
image captionTracey Robilliard: "A New Zealand fern slowly starting to reveal itself in the spring sunshine."
image sourceAri Koskinen
image captionAri Koskinen: "Early steps in learning to read signs by our three-year-old son."
image sourceVictor Woisky
image captionVictor Woisky: "A beach dog that I met in Mexico, north of Puerto Escondido."
image sourceSylwia Tantardini
image captionSylwia Tantardini: "Taken last Sunday on the Lugano lake, where nature is in total awakening :-) It's a wonderful moment."
image sourceGareth Widdowson
image captionAnd finally, a photograph by Gareth Widdowson, who points out "the dangers of growing too tall". The next theme is "South Africa" and the deadline for your entries is 15 April. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to Further details and terms can be found by following the link below this gallery.

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