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The Beautiful Secret Places within Richmond Park

The Beautiful Secret Places within Richmond Park

Finding the secret places to walk in Richmond Park is a rare pleasure…
Richmond Park is vast.
Given that it is located in south west London, Richmond Park is constantly amazing to me.
I can walk across vast swathes of grasslands all the way to Putney, enjoying the seasonal chirping of Skylarks nesting amongst the tall dry grasslands, or through natural Oak and chestnut woods, through lush valleys and densely wooded hills…

Ant Hill Sunset

Ant Hill Sunset

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.

Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner…

Hang on in there! Spring is just around the corner…

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

Another misty day in Richmond Park – London

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…

A cold mist has descended

A cold mist has descended

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…

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

Talon Oak – Richmond Park

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?

What have the Romans ever done for us?

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

What a difference a week makes

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.