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The Azaleas in the Isabella – Richmond Park

The Azaleas in the Isabella were glorious for all to see. For those of you not in the UK, we have been subject to a very strict COVID19 lockdown and the whole season was lost during 2020, but in 2021 we were able to visit The Isabella once again to see this wonderful annual spectacle. If you are lucky enough to live in London my advice is to visit the Isabella when you can.

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.
As a photographer I can find images of calm within walking distance of my house and London, one of the largest cities in the world.

Looks like Spring

Spring is now here, and with lockdown, here in the UK, finally coming to an end I can get back to shooting some beautiful images.

The Road Not Taken

Whilst wandering through Richmond Park I happened upon this view on the slopes above the polo field by Ham Gate.

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Another misty day in London

Another misty day in London

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.

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

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.

Subtle colours of an English sky

Subtle colours of an English sky

I’ve always though that, as a nation, we miss the essential beauty that is rendered by our overcast skies.
Jo and I were walking and shooting in Richmond Park this evening and, as is not unusual, the sky was overcast. The sun was setting, giving a muted colour palette as it stretched across the sky.

It’s a RAW deal.

It’s a RAW deal.

#ad #affiliatelinks #earncommission - as an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases - more info A whole new world opens up when you shoot RAW Updated: Nov 9, 2020 I know we’ve been here a few times before… I am recovering from an...

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

Just before the second Lockdown here in the UK,Jo and I went on a walk around Richmond Park. We realised how difficult it had been for some people to take exercise in beautiful places and that we were so lucky to live near the Richmond Park.

So, we set off snapping as we went, with the intention of posting a lovely image every day. This Article is the sum total of all of those individual daily articles.

Eloise on top of the hill

Eloise on top of the hill

I took this shot of Eloise on the top of Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. As you can see, it was windy. I saw that as part of its appeal. If my memory serves me well I don’t think Eloise liked the image as she was looking for head shots for her book at the time. I wonder if time may have changed her opinion? I think she looks great.

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

This cyclist has just arrived at the summit of Broomfield Hill. Not a tall hill, but very steep indeed. Only those who are fit undertake “clockwise” circuits of the park, as this formidable challenge can be avoided, by gentler inclines, if you travel anti clockwise.

Who posts pictures of dogs?

Who posts pictures of dogs?

This came as a complete surprise to me. I saw the dog at the last second. I was only looking to get the shot through the trees! I pressed the shutter and here it is.

Like most dogs we see in the park he is overjoyed and loving life.
If dogs could speak he would be shouting “This is the best day of my life!”.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

What have the Romans ever done for us?

So winter is most definitely here. All of the leaves are now on the ground and most of the Oak trees in the 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.

What a difference a week makes

What a difference a week makes

#ad #affiliatelinks #earncommission - as an Amazon Associate we may earn from qualifying purchases - more info White Lodge - The London Ballet School - Richmond Park Updated: Feb 15, 2020 Winter has arrived. The Oaks have shed their leaves. Last...

Making the most of Autumn

Making the most of Autumn

Here’s a video I shot today during our Sunday constitutional. The wood is opposite “Two Storm” wood on top of Saywer’s Hill in Richmond Park. Jo and I decided not to take cameras as the weather was slate grey when we left the house, so this was shot, hand held, on a mobile phone.

Autumn Colours in London

Autumn Colours in London

London nevers ceases to amaze me. I shot this bucolic autumn view in Richmond Park, South West London. The park is 800 metres from our house in Kingston upon Thames.
For those of you who are not familiar with the park, there is a plantation in the centre named “The Isabella”. This name appears on maps as early as 1771.

Changing Weather

Changing Weather

This shot sums up the current weather in South West London. Changing by the minute. Stormy day, with sun peaking through.

Stormy Mushroom

Stormy Mushroom

All of a sudden there are massive mushrooms everywhere. This bad boy could be seen from the road. it’s got a 25cm diameter and would make a big bowl of mushroom soup assuming it doesn’t kill you.

More from Jo in Richmond Park…

More from Jo in Richmond Park…

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!

Don’t go near the deer…

Don’t go near the deer…

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.

Afternoon surprise!

Afternoon surprise!

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.

New image from Richmond Park

New image from Richmond Park

I thought you might like to see a snap from our walk in the park 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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