Week 17 – West Country of England

I booked a day’s workshop with ImageSeen, to be held at Westonbirt Arboretum.  It was called Impressions of Westonbirt, and the subject was closeups and “intentional camera movement” (ICM); but it didn’t really matter as it was going to be good to concentrate on photography, whatever the subject matter.  In the event it was very good fun and quite rewarding; I learned a few new techniques and remembered a few old . . .

Blurred bluebells and pink azaleas at Westonbirt
Zoom burst and swing – bluebells and pink azaleas
Skeleton of a dead leaf with pink showing through from underneath
Dead leaf with pink flower behind
Dead flower in silhouette
Silhouette

Westonbirt is not far from the “oldest town in England”, Malmesbury, where are situated some historic buildings and their gardens. The Abbey House Gardens was a delight.

Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Old house facade
Abbey House in Malmesbury
Monolith with inscription: "Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children"
“Treat the Earth well / It was not given to you by your parents / it was loaned to you by your children”

Finally, I found two delightful scenes:

Carnations and Union Jack cushion
A happy couple in denim
A couple, enjoying life

Week 16, early bluebells

When bluebells bloom in our woods (we have 5 or so ancient woodlands near us) it brings more visitors to see the sights.  Unfortunately, some of the visitors let their dogs loose to trample the flowers, while others walk through the patches to get a better photo, each of which activities can ruin a patch of bluebells for later visitors; but I managed to get to Waresley Wood before too many new paths had been trodden.

Bluebells in woods
Waresley Wood bluebells
Bluebell cluster
Bluebell closeup in Waresley Wood

Two small people whom I know quite well also enjoyed a walk in the woods.

Two small boys walk along a path in the woods, bluebells behind.
Little boys in the woods

And I happened upon a practice flying day at Old Warden airfield, near Biggleswade.  It’s the home of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Second World biplane on the grass at Old Warden airfield
Polikarpov Po2 at Old Warden
A second world war monoplane on the grass
Lysander at Old Warden airfield