Wisley Glows Again
Playing with light at RHS Wisley Gardens last week. It was only a brief outing as, like so many, I have been struggling with a nasty bug. Fresh air did me good though and I enjoyed seeing some new lighting layouts for Wisley’s Christmas Glow 2017. The last couple of years has seen the canal lined by red tulip-lights but I rather like the cooler tones in this year’s display. Very difficult to photograph the whole scene though, as those wonderful lily-lights are very bright compared to the warmer glows lighting the Laboratory Building. I found it very hard to choose a favourite from some of the images I took and processed, so I chickened out and got the hubby to choose instead! So this is my entry for the Wex Mondays challenge this week and a gallery of some of my other long-exposures and ICM play. Hope you enjoy them!
Wordless Wednesday and WPC: Wistful Wisley
A Three Picture Story: The Setting Of Sculptures
One of the things that I love most about Henry Moore sculptures is that they were made to work in concert with the outdoors.
The original design for King and Queen was made in 1952 and several sculptures were cast between 1952 and 53. One is now on display outside the RHS Wisley Laboratory, overlooking the Canal. The sculpture will be in the garden until the end of September 2014.
“Whilst manipulating a piece of this wax, it began to look like a horned, Pan-like, bearded head. Then it grew a crown and I recognised it immediately as the head of a king. I added a second figure to it and it became a ‘King and Queen’. I realise now that it was because I was reading stories to Mary, my six year old daughter, every night, and most of them were about kings and queens and princesses . . . ” Henry Moore
The setting for any sculpture brings added meaning to the piece, it influences the way we experience it. Set here in these beautiful grounds they have become, for me, an Oberon and Titania. I imagine them coming alive when all visitors have gone and dancing through their garden realm, rejoicing in the fauna and flora, hastening on the arrival of Spring.
“Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place”
Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Daily Prompt: On the Edge
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ACTIVITY.
Today is World Photography Day! My dad, an inspiration for my photography, is having a holiday from work, so mum and I took him down to the Basingstoke Canal so that he could see for himself some of the beautiful wildlife and nature that I’m often posting on here.
I was so thrilled that one of the grey wagtails, a male I think, was hunting by the lock and posed briefly for us. I love watching these wonderful birds and it was great to be able to share this with my dad. Hence, this is my chosen image and subject for World Photography Day 2013.
Here are a few of my other favourite photos from today.
I went on a bug hunt today. The Basingstoke Canal is ideal for everything I was looking for! The tow-path is lined with nettles, brambles, thistles and other wildflowers that are often labelled weeds. My featured photo is a beautiful Speckled Wood butterfly.
At this time of year so many of these “weeds” hold great importance to our wildlife, in particular to butterflies and moths who lay their eggs on these plants.
Today I got my first glimpses of emerging caterpillars on the nettles as well as seeing many tents made by the larvae at the top of leaves. I’m pretty sure these are Red Admiral caterpillars.
The thistles are still producing some flower heads, amongst lots of seed, providing nectar for hungry butterflies, bees and hoverflies.
I also found lots of harvestmen and several other intriguing spiders who were all feasting on the midges.
If you have nettles, brambles and thistles in your garden please don’t cut them back yet! You may find some hungry caterpillars soon 🙂
This is Enzo. He’s just four months old and belongs to my cousin and her family.
My Aunt is dog-sitting whilst they’re on their summer holidays. Today she, my mum, my sister and brother-in-law all came along to Basingstoke Canal with me for a walk. It was all new to Enzo and he was soon immersed in doggy heaven!
Water, ducks, insects, sticks, people, bikes, babies and other dogs! The excitement was almost overwhelming.
He’s a very good little dog though and it was lovely watching him bouncing about with joy and jumping in and out of the shallows.
Do come again Enzo and bring a ball to throw and fetch! Please bring your family too, I’d love to see them.
I have seen two together but I wasn’t able to capture the moment. They’re very elusive! I managed to find a concealed spot from where I could watch this female for a little while today. It was lovely 🙂
Photographing her was a challenge as she stayed in a very shadowed area but she didn’t stay still for a moment! This image was taken at 300mm f5.6 ISO 3200 at 1/80sec.
Daily Prompt: Flip Flop
Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSITION.
The story of The Ugly Duckling (a young swan) by Hans Christian Andersen is well-known and loved across the world. Today I went to see how the beautiful cygnets on the Basingstoke Canal in West Byfleet are getting on.
This literary fairy tale is often seen as being a metaphor for personal transformation, in particular the transition from childhood through to adolescence and into adulthood.
This was a story that I very much took to heart as a child as I was badly bullied at school. I was, in some respects, the opposite to the Ugly Duckling being too short and rather sickly.
The story succeeded in helping me to believe that I would eventually transition into that beautiful swan and would find my place in the world.
It’s only when you reach adulthood you realise that the true moral of the story is, perhaps, that this youngster was always beautiful! Maybe I was always beautiful too.
I look at these gorgeous little bundles of silvery down and wonder how anyone could possibly refer to one as being ugly. I have to wonder what it really is that drives one child to bully another, with either name calling or violence.
Times of change, transition can be very hard. Being different, though, is actually completely normal!