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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…

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…

Get out there!

Get out there!

A royal celebration…

Even on the bleakest of days there’s something to shoot.

Here’s a black & white of Coronation Plantation in Richmond Park, snapped on the mobile, and graded in Adobe Camera RAW.

It’s amazing what can be achieved with the most basic kit that we all carry.

Earlier Articles are listed below…

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…

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?

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

UK Lockdown v2.0 – The Final Walk 8.11.20

A summary of our Lockdown v2 Walk

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 so that people could share in our good fortune of living tnear the park.

This Article is the sum total of all of those individual daily articles. I have removed the individual posts to make it easier to see the images as a folio.

After the storm

After the storm

We chose to walk along the Thames path to Teddington Lock to discover that the river was very much in flood after the storm. It was a glorious winter’s day, and the image below gives no indication of the flow under the surface.

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.

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