Paul - who brings friendly nonsense (blur_kiwi) wrote,
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Stourhead in autumn


Last week Monika posted some photos she took at Stourhead at the end of August. Seeing her pictures reminded me that I wanted to go back there now that autumn is in full swing. Stourhead is just about the most beautiful and best landscape garden in the UK, probably in Europe and possibly the whole world. It's a real bonus for me that it's only about a forty-five minute drive away from where I live. So, I decided that I would visit Stourhead again at the week-end.

Saturday morning was due to be sunny, bright and still on the Somerset- Wiltshire boundary, so I was up bright and early (probably sunny and still as well) and arrived at the gardens just before opening time at nine o'clock. There were a few 'serious' photographers around already, lugging their gear with them wherever they went, spending twenty minutes setting up their shots and cursing every cloud, duck and other visitor who got in the way at the wrong moment. I can't take it that seriously. Of course, I want to take the best photos I can but I don't want to be weighed down by equipment and hang-ups. Life's too short and, not to put too fine a point on it, I can't be arsed.

The light was perfect; that lovely warm early morning glow you get at this time of year. Combined with the autumn colours and the stillness of the lake, it made for a great hour or so. After that, a light breeze came along, gently rippling the lake and doing away with the awesome reflections I'd been lucky enough to find when I first arrived.

Anyway, here are some of the photos. Monika, I hope you like them and can see a difference from when you were there.  


I'm still astonished by just how well my new camera seems to do reflections. 


Doorway detail of one of the summer houses.
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This pleased me so much. Such a simple image but summing autumn up so well.
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Pure reflection
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A Canada goose
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The Cygnets doing their version of the Abbey Road album cover.
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A pair of Canada geese flying in to join their mates.
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I really like this image, but I'm really annoyed with myself that I didn't wait to click the shutter when the swan had drifted a little further to the left, it would have made for a much better composition.
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More next time.
 
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