Always a nice surprise when Alamy sell an image… Last time it was the Daily Mail. This time it’s the Sunday Times, here in the UK. Cody looking ripped, as she monsters her way up Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park, The quintessential blonde female runner, her blonde ponytail bobbing left to right. Pink crop top, bare arms with Garmin watch and guns pumping away!
A billion yellow meadow ants in Richmond Park were witness to a wonderful sunset this evening. The golden hour was very golden indeed! The bare oak branches stretched out to feel the warm rays of the sun, as it set over a pleasant and calm England. It’s late February and Spring races ever closer.
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Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner… – Maybe time to read a book and have a coffee?
To all my friends and family, both here in the UK and around the world, Spring is nearly here. If you are still in lockdown, like we all are here in the UK, hang on in there! The nice lady from the NHS said that I’ll have to wait until the second injection before I can leap between tall buildings in a single bound! So, I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with the consolation that we will soon be able to have friends around to sit in the garden. I have cleaned the BBQ until it glows, and there are cold drinks in the fridge.
Meanwhile, here’s a new image of Cody from the garden sessions, taken in a time before the zombie apocalypse.
I can report that we are all well here, and so is Cody. Although we are not able to shoot together, we have been behaving very badly during lockdown, by listening to Trance sessions on Twitch…
I should know better, but I don’t care, so big up Ben Gold, XiJaro And Pitch, Armin Van Buuren & ASOT and PSYMILL, and big up AstraZeneca and the NHS!
Another misty day in Richmond Park – London – This mist should not be missed…
On days like this it’s easy to forget that I live in London. A walk or a run in Richmond Park is a privilege that I never take for granted. It has been an Eden for our family since the global pandemic began. It’s easy to find peace & solace amongst the ancient oaks, especially in the early mornings. I have noted recently that the less trodden, tighter paths that we were treading in 2019 are beginning to show that they are being used by more and more of us. Upon reflection on this I have concluded that this must surely be a good thing during times like these?
But, let’s all tread lightly when we use the park. All of us. Use the bins, take home your cans, enjoy the wildlife without disturbing it too much.
Let’s look after what we have. By looking after it for ourselves it naturally follows that we preserve it for future generations. If you’ve never been to the park, my advice is to go at this time of year… on any given day it may look like this…
Up at the crack of sparrows’ this morning. “The mist has descended over Richmond Park” and according to Joanna. “We must get up there now!”
Well, we were looking for mist, and mist we found…
If you make the effort and walk just a little further along the path, just a little deeper into the the trail, the sound of the people, clustering along the Azalea paths, by Thomson’s Stream, begin to recede
Pollarded Oak – Richmond Park
Jo and I call it the Talon Oak. On our many walks amongst the trees we often stumble across a tree that is slowly returning to the soil. Most of these appear bedraggled and beaten. This tree has been pollarded by the rangers, I suspect for safety reasons.
When viewed from the trail it reminded me of a falcon’s talon, not sad and beaten, but strong, with presence and with purpose.
What have the Romans ever done for us? – The barley twist trunk of the sweet chestnut tree…
So winter is most definitely here.
All of the leaves are now on the ground and most of the Oak trees in Richmond Park are now bare. So nothing to see then?
This sunday, Jo and I happened upon this beautiful bare tree. It’s reddy bark was glowing in the midday sun. It stands alone amid a copse of Oak. It’s an indication of the rarity of the sweet chestnut tree in the UK that neither of us have ever seen such an ordered structure of twisted bark? It spirals up the trunk like a Narwal tusk, or an aniseed twist sweet, perfectly twisted.
What a difference a week makes – White Lodge – The London Ballet School – Richmond Park
Updated: Feb 15, 2020
Winter has arrived.
The Oaks have shed their leaves. Last week’s autumn posts seem like a distant memory. This shot gives an indication of the cold and stormy day on sunday. In fact the heavens did not open up. It managed to maintain a threatening look, accompanied by an intermittent drizzle, but no downpour.
This shot sums up the current weather in South West London. Changing by the minute. Stormy day, with sun peaking through.
This chap was not happy about us approaching. I’ve since read up about Red Deer to find out that they are in fact Britain’s largest Mammal. At this time of year they are pumped full of testosterone and take no prisoners!
This weekend Jo and I went for a walk through the centre of the park and happened upon various stags, protecting groups of hinds. As it is rutting season, we are extra cautious, as are most others, as we walk across the grasslands and and through the woods.
Jo and I were taking an autumn stroll in Richmond Park this afternoon. It was very changeable weather, with the afternoon sun in and out, and the rain stopping and starting. We happened upon this delightful trio of huge mushrooms. I’m not a specialist, so I can’t tell you what variety they are, but they were about 30cm high.
I thought you might like to see a new image from Richmond Park from our walk in the last Sunday. The early autumn has just started to turn the leaves brown as the sun peeked through the branches and the young deer were feeding in the shade of the oak.
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