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Walks

The Royal Oak – Richmond Park

The Royal Oak – Richmond Park

The Royal Oak – Richmond Park – A stormy glimpse of an ancient friend.

Jo and I try to walk in Richmond Park as often as we can. Last Sunday afternoon there was changeable weather over the park and I was rewarded with this shot of the Royal Oak.
For those of you not from the United Kingdom. Richmond Park is a natural park:

“Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park and the largest urban park in Europe, covering an area of 2,500 acres. It is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, of both national and international importance for wildlife conservation.”

The pleasure of simple snaps

The pleasure of simple snaps

What with global pandemics, lockdowns and real life, it’s a rare opportunity to just potter and take some simple snaps. That opportunity came my way recently when Jo and I had what has been a rare moment of respite, and like many other we retreated the a bucolic idyll, in our case Devon, specifically Dartmoor. The images below were snapped as we went. You have to remmber that Jo cannot pass a single tree or plant without shooting it so when I say we were walking what I mean is I had so much time to consider and compose that it may have well been a paid shoot.

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…

Subtle colours of an English sky

Subtle colours of an English sky

Tercentenary Plantation – Richmond Park

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.

The light through the trees was full of subtle colours, so I shot up, through the bare trees, using my mental mobile phone with its unbridled passion for colours. It picks up the slightest colours a accentuates them. So, a silvered and golden sky, as opposed to a slate grey sky… I think?